Mark Your Calendars! You Are Invited to Barbara Bailey’s Senate Campaign Kickoff at the Following Locations:
Oak Harbor – May 4 from 7:00am – 9:00am at the Elks Club
** Dino Rossi featured speaker
** Breakfast Event
Langley – May 4 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club
Stanwood – May 5 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the GOP Headquarters
Mount Vernon – May 5 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the GOP Headquarters
Last night the 2016 Legislature finally completed its business by passing a responsible update to our state’s existing two-year budget. In addition, the Senate overrode the governor’s veto of 27 different bills.
Most of the major spending decisions were approved last year in the original budget. This year’s budget update presents an opportunity to fine tune and make adjustments that address emergencies or adjustments in areas where changes in cost could not/were not foreseen. An increase of $191 million was applied to the current budget cycle to meet these adjustments. Here are a few of the items made possible by the adjustment:
- Pays for the cost of fighting the 2015 wildfires out of the state’s “rainy day fund” for emergencies — $190 million.
- Adds $28 million to improve mental health treatment and care.
- Provides additional $8 million to state colleges and universities to help keep in place the cuts made in tuition last year.
- Retains $1.2 billion in reserves.
It was a long and tiring session, but one that brought about some much needed bi-partisan agreements. Your support and encouragement was very much appreciated. I could not have done it without your valued advice and recommendations.