Washington State is inundated with money
14th District Republican State Senator Curtis King has 15 years of service in central Washington and is focused on transportation issues in the state. He is returning to Olympia for the opening Monday of the 60-day legislative session of 2022 with an exhaustive list of transport needs and a basket of bushels of money pending upon his arrival. The question is, how will the money be spent?
Money is not the problem
King points out that a billion and more unspent and undesignated relief money is in government coffers, tens or hundreds of millions or more will arrive with the passage of the Federal Infrastructure Bill, and state sales tax money is piling up by hundreds of millions more than forecasters initially predicted.
So having the money is not the problem. Having a majority party is. King hopes Democrats will work with Republicans to responsibly use the windfall for the long-term good of all Washingtonians. But the numbers show they don’t have to. Democrats control both houses of the Washington State Legislature, with Democrats holding a 57-41 majority in the House of Representatives and a 28-21 majority in the Senate (with a Democratic Senator comprising all 20 Republicans ).
Covid makes it difficult
Before the challenge of trying to make a positive legislative contribution can begin, Senator King said lawmakers will need to meet the challenge of the Capitol Campus Covid protocols. King says he plans to work from his new office, but before he can go he will need to be tested for Covid and once he is in his office you will not be able to visit him.
Power to the people
The senator hopes that progress can be made in removing the governor’s “emergency powers”, which have been in effect for nearly two years.
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