Here we go again. Even with 105 days to reach a budget deal, state legislators managed to spend enough time on a variety of other bills on myriad topics so a "special session" must be called to work on a compromise budget. According to Sen. Hewitt's latest Eastsider's Report, "there have been two special sessions in each of the last three years. These sessions are expensive -- up to $18,000 per day -- and they shouldn't be allowed to become commonplace." Unfortunately, they appear to be becoming just that.
According to the article "State budget negotiations will continue with or without rank-and-file members, but House, Senate still far apart" by Brad Shannon, published April 28, 2013, in The Olympian, "Inslee also has been trying to keep alive a handful of bills that keep repeat drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel of a car, keep guns out of the hands of those who are unstable, ensure that abortion is a choice women have in insurance plans, and let undocumented students brought here by their parents at a young age qualify for college financial aid."
At up to $18,000 per day, perhaps the governor's special interest legislation could wait until next year's regular 60-day legislative session so legislators can concentrate on the budget during the upcoming "unspecial session."
JIM DAVISON, Waitsburg