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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On April 28, the last day of the regularly scheduled 2013 legislative session, Governor Inslee announced there would be a special session called to order on Monday, May 13.Rep. Hawkins in the joint Public Safety and Businses and Financial Services committee

The reason a special session was called is because the legislature was not able to complete its work in the 105 days of regular session. The main sticking point between in the House and Senate is the operating budget, the roadmap for where state revenue will be directed for the 2013-15 biennium, beginning on July 1, 2013.

This special session comes down to two very different approaches for the state operating budget. We will have $2 billion more in revenue for the 2013-15 budget cycle. House Republicans budget principles have not changed: prioritizing K-12 education, providing services for our most vulnerable, preserving public safety, ensuring sustainability, and not raising taxes.

We don't yet know what the special session will look like, but I know what the priorities are in a budget which would earn my vote. I look forward to keeping you updated in the coming weeks.

It is an honor to serve as your Representative.

Sincerely,


Brad Hawkins

State Representative Brad Hawkins, 12th Legislative District
122G Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7832 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000