State Capital Budget Hostages Still at Risk

September 27, 2017

Without agreement on the Capital Budget, important projects like WWRP-funded Lower Henderson Inlet Habitat Protection cannot move forward.

Excerpt: “The ongoing stalemate at our state Capitol over water rights has claimed a lot of state-funded projects as hostages, or collateral damage. One especially good project — both environmental and educational — is along Henderson Inlet north of Olympia and Lacey. Failure to pass a two-year construction budget is to blame. And the Senate Republican coalition is to blame for taking the state’s $4 billion capital budget as a hostage. The Republicans did it after House Democrats refused to accept GOP proposals to reverse part of a state Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hirst water rights case.”

Read the full editorial in The Olympian.