Senate Democrats continue gutting of I-601
OLYMPIA, WA —The Evergreen Freedom Foundation's Senior Budget Analyst Jason Mercier today released the following statement on the Senate's passage of SB 6896:
"Senate Democrats continued their assault on the people's spending limit by passing this bill. The message to taxpayers is clear: You have no right to tell lawmakers how much of your money they can spend."
"If the Senate wanted to set aside real savings, it should have transferred the funds to the protected I-601 emergency reserve account. Instead it 'saves' money to spend next budget but declares these 'savings' should count as expenditures to increase the spending limit. Isn't that the equivalent of spending the same dollar twice?"
"Only in Olympia is 'saving' money considered an expenditure and ignoring the voter-approved spending limit an 'emergency.'"
On March 17, a lawsuit concerning last session's I-601 games will be heard in Snohomish County Superior Court.
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