Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I just wanted to send you a quick update – there will be NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN! Despite much talk from the governor's office about shutting down state government, a compromise budget has been reached between the House Democrats and the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. As I write this, the Senate is voting on it right now and then the House will vote. I'll have more specifics for you down the road as we get a chance to look over the details.
Here's what my seatmate, House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen said:
“I'm disappointed with how state government shutdown rhetoric was amplified. This was unsettling to dedicated public employees and those who rely on state services. I also understand the public's frustration with the process and pace of the negotiations. But, in the end, it was important to get it right.” – click here to read his full statement.
Here's what our budget leader, Rep. Gary Alexander said:
“…protects our investment in our rainy day fund, addresses two outstanding court actions, rejects proposed cuts to our most vulnerable populations, and keeps our promise to repeal a temporary surtax on businesses. “I'm very grateful that House Republicans were allowed at the negotiating table to help bring about constructive, common-sense solutions. While not every competing interest can claim victory with this budget, our taxpayers can.” – to read his full statement, click here.
You can keep an eye on our House Republican Caucus Facebook page for more information at www.facebook.com/wahouserepublicans
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