The meeting agenda is:
- Local elected officials and filing dates
- July 4th in the Park
- Special Legislative Session called by Governor Inslee
- Committee of Safety
Of special concern: If you are not able to attend, please be sure to contact your representatives the State Legislature about the current "special session" in Olympia.
Governor Inslee has the legislature headed for a "special session" at taxpayers' expense, because the House majority and the Governor want to raise taxes by $1 billion dollars and the Senate does not want to raise any taxes. New taxes are not needed because Washington is expected to collect around $2 billion dollars in natural revenue growth this biennium.
This a major dispute over how much the state should be spending. Most of the issues extraneous to the operating budget are issues that have already been rejected by the Senate this session, and by the House, in a number of examples. But Governor Inslee seems committed to seeing several divisive social issues reconsidered when lawmakers reconvene.
Any time spent back in Olympia should be short and focused exclusively on the passage of an operating budget. It's important that we keep an eye on Governor Inslee and the State Legislature. More importantly, we need to let them know we are watching them.