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June 14, 2013 at 7:33 AM

State-budget gridlock

Do your jobs

Our state Legislature is starting a second special legislative session because our lawmakers are gridlocked [“In case budget doesn’t pass, state readies for shutdown,” NWWednesday,” June 12].

For months they could not reach an agreement on a new operating budget. If our government is forced to shut down except for mandated services, it will not only be disgraceful, but Washington state employs 55,000 people who would lose their income. It will be a boulder in a pond.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said, “We will work diligently over the next couple of days, and however long it takes, to get the job done.” Are they surprised to learn what their jobs are?

Since they didn’t do their jobs and were and are earning overtime, I suggest they give back their $42,106 salaries, the more than $5,000 per diem each legislator receives and all overtime pay. That might be difficult, as they would need to vote for it.

Carrie Stark, Kent

 

Comments | Topics: budget, gridlock, Legislature

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