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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The governor has called a 30-day special session to begin Nov. 28 to address our state budget shortfall. When the Legislature convenes it is expected the shortfall will be close to $2 billion.

The Legislature continues to pass budgets that are unsustainable and not reflective of the economic situation in Washington state. It took 135 days before we could get a budget passed last May. Despite many of us claiming it was a short-term fix and felt it would not hold up given the sluggish recovery of our economy, the budget was passed into law. In June, shortly after the governor signed the budget, the state revenue forecast showed our tax collections down significantly and the $700 million in reserves dropped to $163 million in about one month. Five months later we are being called back to address our budget situation.

We will have some difficult decisions. However, it is important to understand that while revenue projections are declining, we are still projected to bring in $2.1 billion more in this biennium.

I am holding town hall meetings around the district this week. We will have a brief overview of our budget situation. People will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the budget and other state-related issues. I want to hear what people have to say before we convene for the special session.

Here is town hall schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 9

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wenatchee Valley College, Van Tassell Center student lounge
1300 Fifth St., Wenatchee

Thursday, Nov. 10

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cascade High School Commons
10190 Chumstick Hwy, Leavenworth

Saturday, Nov. 12

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Twisp Works Conference Center
502 South Glover Street, Twisp

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Brewster Grange Hall #1018
25905 Hwy 97, Brewster

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Chelan High School Commons
215 W. Webster Ave., Chelan

Please share this e-mail update with anyone who might be interested in attending one of the meetings. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Sincerely,


Cary Condotta

State Representative Cary Condotta, 12th Legislative District
RepresentativeCaryCondotta.com
425B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7954 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000