06-12-15: MacEwen concerned there’s no budget agreement at second special session halftime (audio)

Legislator: Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union
Date Recorded: June 11, 2015
Run Time: 68 seconds

SUGGESTED LEAD:  Lawmakers in the House of Representatives returned to Olympia Thursday and voted on 14 bills. Noticeably absent from that list was an operating budget agreement. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

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Sattgast: Thursday was half-time in the Legislature’s second special session. And with the end of the state’s budget cycle on June 30 and no new operating budget to vote on, there’s a lot of people getting nervous at the state Capitol.

Republican State Representative Drew McEwen from Union says negotiations remain hung up over the insistence of Democrats to raise taxes at a time when Washington is collecting more revenue than ever before.

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MacEwen: “And I just think, frankly, they’re Hell-bent on having a tax increase regardless of what everything else says. And, and I think that’s just, ah, that’s become the, the plank they’re standing on. And they’re going to need to fall on it here. And you know, if it’s so important to them, they need to bring that to a vote on the floor. But they don’t. And the reason for that is that I don’t believe they have the votes in their own caucus to do so.”

Sattgast: State Representative Drew MacEwen, who says the two majority parties — Republicans in the Senate and Democrats in the House — are only 100-million dollars apart. Some Olympia insiders say that’s “budget dust” when considering a 38-billion dollar spending plan.

With both sides being so close, MacEwen says it’s time to finish the work. . .

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MacEwen: Some people need to frankly put their ego in the closet, and lets bring a budget to a vote, and move on.

Sattgast: John Sattgast, Olympia.

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