Last night, the Washington's House of Representatives passed EHB 1244, the 2009-2011 operating budget (PDF) that has been widely panned across the state as a failure of leadership. The House appears to have no plans to allow voters to opt to mitigate the pain of its budget by sending the people a revenue package; instead, jobs will be slashed, tuition hiked for students, aid to the vulnerable gutted, and seniors left to fend for themselves.Howie P.S.: Only Sen. Ken Jacobsen followed Andrew's advice, as he predicted: "Wash. Legislature passes budget to bridge $9B gap" (AP).
Does the scenario I've outlined have much of a chance of happening?
Probably not. But if it did happen... if six Democrats teamed together and splashed some cold water around the Capitol... it would sure would brighten the spirits of untold numbers of discouraged Washingtonians who are wondering: Where has the party of working families vanished to?
Sunday, April 26, 2009
"Progressive senators could stop "all cuts" budget in its tracks if they wanted to"
Andrew (NPI Advocate):