Posts tagged ‘Budget’

October 31, 2016

Clark County Budget

by lewwaters

How we got where we’re at and where we are headed with County Councilor Julie Olson (District 2) and Bob Stevens, Deputy County Manager.

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July 1, 2015

Updated: Games Democrats Play

by lewwaters

As we all know now, we finally have a budget passed and signed by the Governor, after the Democrat Party drug their feet, forcing the legislature into two special sessions as they did what they could to force more taxes on the people, even though they were not needed any time soon.

Typical conduct of tax & spend Democrats, we know.

But I was simply astonished at the hutzpah shown by Governor Inslee and the Washington State Democrats as shortly after signing the budget, I received an email wherein it is seen Inslee and Democrats steal all credit for the Republican budget as if it were theirs all along.

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June 11, 2013

Moeller Falsely Claims, “House Passes Budget – Senate Does Not Act”

by lewwaters

Moeller, Right To MoneyRepresentative Jim Moeller (D. Portland/Vancouver) sent out his usual spin the truth email this evening titled House Passes Budget – Senate Does Not Act laying all blame for a budget agreement not being reached on Republicans, as usual.

In the email, Moeller claims,

“Majority elected House Democrats have advanced substantial steps toward middle, compromise ground in striving for agreement with Senate Republicans.”

“I stand for our House budget that puts children-in-need before tax breaks, that maintains strong funding for our schools, and that preserves a stable foundation supporting basic human services while addressing our immediate needs.”

Ah yes, the usual “it’s for the children” again.

What Moeller leaves out is the steps the Senate Coalition Majority has taken to actually have another responsible budget and not just the regular burdening of the middle class with more tax hikes they can ill afford.

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April 11, 2012

Weary-Eyed Legislators FINALLY Pass a Budget

by lewwaters

After what seems like almost an eternity, Washington State Legislators finally wrapped up another special session to write a budget that should have been accomplished during regular session this term.

The ongoing battle and ignoring a $1.5 Billion budget gap in order to ram homosexual marriage down the throats of taxpayers ended early Wednesday morning and exhausted legislators, held in the legislature overnight by Governor Gregoire announced, “It’s balanced, it doesn’t cut education, we have an agreement, and it’s a quarter to five” by House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Erik Smith of Washington State Wire reports,

“The 64-34 vote on that measure was one of the final moves in a 40-hour legislative endgame that settled all the loose ends of the 2012 Legislature. Just after 6 a.m., the same bill cleared the Senate 44-2.”

Before going to bed last evening, I left a comment on a Columbian article announcing yet another special session due to the legislature not finalizing a budget still of, “Still fighting the only true bipartisan budget proposed?” My comment relates back to the bipartisan “Ninth Order” maneuver we saw in the closing hours of the regular session earlier in March.

Rep. Jim Moeller D. Vancouver who labeled the maneuver “the worst abuse of power” he had ever seen, replied in the wee hours of this morning,

“The budget is not the issue. The tough decisions are always made on the last day, at the last minute. It’s how the system is set up and that will not change. If we had a king, we would not have to work out our differences like we do now. The decisions would be made for us. I like this way much better. I’ll bet just about everyone else does too.”

Moeller, it must be remembered, was one legislator identified as accepting per diem during the special session while essentially doing little or nothing!

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March 2, 2012

Republican Coup Advances Common Sense Budget in Washington State Senate

by lewwaters

Maybe, just maybe there is a ray of hope for a little fiscal sanity in Olympia, Washington this evening. Led by Senator Don Benton (R 17th), a rare procedural move was put forth with the help of three Democrat Senators, Tim Sheldon of Potlach, Rodney Tom of Medina and Jim Kastama of Puyallup that let the minority Republicans seize the floor, allowing any bill to be pulled to the floor, even those that haven’t had a public hearing.

Several bills the Democrats wanted passed immediately were cast aside as Republicans brought their budget plan to the floor, which is now moving towards approval.

Remaining Democrats tried in vain to attach 8 amendments, all 8 being defeated.

Senator Ed Murray (D. 43rd) is livid being out maneuvered as he has been. “This is an incredible abuse of power. And considering what my party and myself as chair was willing to do … this is the payback. This is the response,” the Olympian quotes Murray as saying

The Republican budget plan has $251.5 million more for K-12 education in it compared to what Senate Democrats proposed.

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April 8, 2011

Charlie Rangel (D. NY) Explains Why The Country Is So Screwed Up.

by lewwaters

Democrats didn’t pass a budget in 2010 because it was “a political hot potato?”

And Compromise? I didn’t realize any Democrats even knew how to say that word.