This budget includes a much larger rainy day fund and also cuts to both K-12 and higher education, something that the Senate democrats did not do. The K-3 class size reduction would be a problem for us - we'll need to see how big on Monday. You can see the differences in the two budgets below.
SSB 6442 to create a consolidated K-12 health care system is alive and was poised for a vote today.
Needless to say, this came as a complete surprise as today's front page Seattle Times headline suggests.
These words from the article show us what we have to look forward to as this budget meets the solid Democratic majority House budget and Governor's budget.
If reactions by House Speaker Frank Chopp and Gov. Chris Gregoire to Friday's events are any guide, the Legislature will be in town far beyond the scheduled March 8 adjournment day.
"The Senate Republicans have exercised the worst abuse of power I have ever witnessed in the Legislature," Chopp, D-Seattle, said in a statement. "It says something about them that the minute they gained power, they abused it."
Gregoire, standing outside the speaker's office, was furious as well.
"I am chagrined that they're over there right now working on something I've never seen, the members have never seen — members on both parties have never seen, and they're going to take a vote tonight?" she said.
"This is not how we do business in Washington state."