NEWS: Hawkins statement on 2013-15 operating budget
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Hawkins statement on 2013-15 operating budget
Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, offered the following statement after voting in favor of the 2013-15 operating budget:
“Today I was happy to vote for a budget that significantly invests in K-12 education, protects our most vulnerable citizens, keeps the state's promise not to extend the Business and Occupation tax, and provides for a healthy reserve fund.
“As with any negotiated budget, there are aspects that both parties like and dislike. To me, this just demonstrates that lawmakers have achieved real bipartisan compromise.
“From the beginning of this session, I made it clear my priority was to make sure we met our constitutional obligation to invest in our children's education. This budget makes K-12 education a priority by assisting school districts with operational costs, investing money to reduce class sizes and enhancing programs which target our students who need the most help.
“While this effort took much longer than I had anticipated or preferred, I am very pleased with the outcome.”
###Washington State House Republican Communications