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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well folks, it's official.  The failings of the majority party have reached new heights as we are headed to a special session which will cost taxpayers an additional $20,000 per day.  Even though the budget shortfall has been no secret, and even though the House, Senate, and the Governor's mansion are all controlled by Democrats, budget writers couldn't get their work done in this 60-day session.

I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see the lack of leadership and the lack of new ideas and the continuation of business-as-usual coming from Olympia.  Instead of identifying priorities of government, government has become the priority!  They want to tax the unemployed to give raises to some state employees!

The Seattle Times (yes, the SEATTLE TIMES!) said it best in an editorial from today's paper:

Legislature shuns reform and leans on taxpayers (Seattle Times, March 11, 2010)

“The priority of the majority Democrats in Olympia has not been economic recovery. If it were, the Legislature would not be leaning on the taxpayer for nine-tenths of a billion dollars.”

And from the The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:

Legislators have no excuse for not getting done on time (WWUB, March 11, 2010)

“Spending tens of thousands of dollars for a special session feels wrong at a time when jobs are being lost and many people are going without raises.

Dropping $20,000 a day might not seem like much in relation to a $2.6 billion budget hole, but it sure does to the family trying to find enough money to make the house payment or buy insurance or send a child to college.

A special session doesn't have to happen. If it does, it's a waste of money.”

I wholeheartedly agree with both sentiments.

Sincerely,


Joe Schmick

State Representative Joe Schmick, 9th Legislative District
RepresentativeJoeSchmick.com
426B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7844 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000