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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today is the 95th day of the 105 day session. Budget leaders have been meeting with the governor to negotiate a compromise budget. With just 10 days left in the session, we can and should complete the session on time by passing a sustainable budget.

Recently I had the opportunity to call into KPQ's show “It's Your Turn” from Olympia to discuss a variety of issues before the Legislature. Rep. Hawkins speaks on the House floorClick here to listen to my interview.

Below is an update on all three of the state budgets (operating, capital and transportation).

Operating budget

There are several important differences between the House and Senate budget proposals. Most notably, the $1.5 billion in tax increases in the House Democrat proposal and no tax increases in the Senate Republican proposal. However, there are also several similarities in the budgets, including more than $1 billion in new dollars for basic education and increased mental health funding. I hope there is a good foundation to find compromise and finish the session on time.

Capital budget

The capital budget as it passed the House included funding for the Brewster and Pateros water systems and the Twisp civic building. All three projects are in communities affected by the Carlton Complex Fire. To look up other projects in the 12th District, check out this interactive map. This link is the result of my first bill passed into law to make capital and transportation budget information more user-friendly and transparent. Click here to read information about this bill. To find our projects, follow these instructions:

  1. Under “Session,” select “2015-17 Capital Budget.”
  2. Select a “Version” you want to view.
  3. Then under “Area,” select the “legislative district” button and choose the 12th District from the dropdown menu. You can leave the “location” box blank.
  4. Each project is indicated by a dot on the map. However, if you'd like to see a complete list of projects, hover over the district and select “View Leg District Project List Report.”

Transportation budget

One of the critical uses for our transportation budget is the maintenance and preservation of our existing roadways and bridges. This is not the same bill as the gas tax package. I'm pleased the transportation budget as it passed the House includes funding for Methow Valley bridges which are currently listed as “structurally deficient” by the state Department of Transportation. It also includes two provisions I included related to the Rocky Reach Trail property transfer and the much-needed Cascade Interchange Project in Douglas County.

You can look up all 12th District projects that are included in the transportation budget:

  1. Go to this link: http://fiscal.wa.gov/TransportationMaps.aspx
  2. Under “Session,” select “2015-17 Transportation Budget.”
  3. Select a “Version” you want to view.
  4. Then under “Area,” select the “legislative district” button and choose the 12th District from the dropdown menu. You can leave the “location” box blank.
  5. Each project is indicated by a dot on the map. However, if you'd like to see a complete list of projects, hover over the district and select “View Leg District Project List Report.”

I'm looking forward to finishing up our work here in Olympia, approving responsible budgets, and returning home to the beautiful 12th District. If you have any questions on legislative matters, please contact my office anytime. It's an honor to serve as your state 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