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Lawmakers called back to Olympia

Inability to craft state budget deemed shameful by Sunnyside senator

OLYMPIA - With work still left to be done on the Washington state budget, Gov. Jay Inslee has called the legislature to a special session starting Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m.

According to the proclamation, work remains to be done on the 2013-15 biennial operating and capital budgets, the 2013-15 biennial transportation budget and critical policy bills.

Sen. Jim Honeyford of the 15th District argued the legislature should get back to work right away and called the inability of the legislature to pass a budget during its 105-day 2013 legislative session "shameful." Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) said the state is receiving $2 billion more in revenue this year.

"Continuing work to get the job done is not just so we can all go home and the taxpayers don't have to foot the bill any longer," Honeyford said. "There are actual, real-world impacts to any further delay, such as business owners who are trying to determine if they can afford to keep their doors open or not, if they can afford to hire one or two new employees or - if they can't hold off any longer - if they must let the ones they already have go.

"Additionally, school district administrators need to plan out their budgets for the year, construction companies need to know what capital projects they need to budget their bids for, and county and municipal governments are waiting to make decisions based upon the decisions made by the legislature," he added.

"Since the legislature couldn't get the job done on time, it's time to get back to work."

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