Capital Budget and Hirst Fix Pt 1
That's left plenty of disappointment in the Senate where a bill that's passed four times and then moved on to the House, according to Senator Randi Becker, has been tabled without a vote each time ...
RANDI BECKER ... "There's no reason why we can't have a Capital Budget, period ... absolutely no reason! We should be able to have a Capital Budget this year. All that needs to happen is to have the House vote on the Hirst bill. I actually asked the Governor, he asked what he could do to help and I said, 'ask the House to vote on the Hirst bill.' I actually do think it would pass. I do think that's what they're afraid of and that's why they don't want to have the bill to go out. The bill that we've passed four times that would be a permanent fix."
Senator Judy Warnick says the protecting waters argument used by Democrats is terribly misleading ...
JUDY WARNICK ... "It's a disingenuous argument that they make that a small portion of the wells, a small portion of the water that's used in the state of Washington through permit-exempt wells, which from our studies say it's less than 1 percent. So, less than 1 percent and 80 percent of that goes back into the ground, that argument doesn't hold water for me.'
Democrats have offered to put a two-year delay on the Hirst decision until a better solution can be agreed to, but Republicans say that still leaves land owners in limbo with devalued property and little chance of getting a construction loan.
The Governor is contemplating a fourth special session.