Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Thursday, March 17, the state's chief economist provided us with a revenue forecast for what the state is expected to bring in for the next few years. This reduced our estimated revenues and increased the budget shortfall for the 2011-13 budget to $5.1 billion. With just 37 days left in the regular session, members of the Legislature have quite a bit of work ahead of us. We're expecting budget proposals to begin coming out this week or next.
As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I will hear about the decisions being made within the budget as we hold public hearings on various proposals. I believe we must find long-term solutions that put Washington on a stable path of prosperity and growth for generations to come. There's no doubt some difficult decisions must be made in the short term, but if we make them now, we will end up better for it in the long run. I'll keep you updated on the discussions we're having.
Check out this week's video update, where I talk about common-sense, clarifying bills the House has passed as well as the revenue forecast.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions, comments or concerns. It's an honor to serve you.