Rep. J.T. Wilcox on supplemental budget: ‘You can’t force it to happen’


Legislator: Rep. J.T. Wilcox
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State lawmakers, unable to agree upon a supplemental budget have officially gone into special session.  The governor made the proclamation at 9:30 Thursday.  Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.

Wilcox: “It hurts deep down to not be able to get done.” 

Johnson: Republican floor leader J.T. Wilcox.

Wilcox: “There are 147 people that are elected in the Senate and House and you have to get a majority of those to agree.  You can't crack heads and force that to happen.” 

Johnson: Wilcox and fellow Republicans continue to reject talk of 120 million dollars in increased taxes and millions of dollars in new policy during a supplemental budget year.

Wilcox: “Each one of us represents 137 thousand people. And I guarantee not one of those people sent us here to roll over and give up.”

Johnson: Budget negotiators will be back at the table all day Friday.  House and Senate lawmakers are scheduled to return Monday.

Ruth Johnson, Olympia.

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