Democrats shouldn’t wait to see if they gain control of the Senate to resolve the political impasse.
August 14, 2017 | Union-Bulletin.com
Although the Legislature has officially adjourned for the year, it didn’t get its work — no, make that our work — done.
Lawmakers can’t let the unfinished business linger until January when they are scheduled to return to Olympia for a 60-day regular session.
The Legislature failed to approve the two-year capital budget, which essentially means it puts in limbo $4.2 billion in building projects over the next two years — including about $1 billion for school construction.
Beyond that, the lack of authority to spend money on construction projections will increase interest rates for local governments — including Walla Walla’s — which will, of course, be picked up by taxpayers.
And it could be devastating for some state employees as layoffs are now looming. (MORE)