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Legislators Visit Columbia Basin

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PROSSER, Wash--  One of the biggest concerns a number of Washingtonians have is simple: going into the legislative session, the state budget deficit was reported at $5 billion.  It's now $8 billion.  So why has nothing been solved?

Dozens showed up to hear Senator Jerome Delvin and Representatives Larry Haler and Brad Klippert offer their answer, and update the status in Olympia.

It got a little heated when one person said if they couldn't solve anything in Olympia by April, they've failed the citizens that voted for them.  But that's all part of the job for legislators, who say they're working on fixing the budget.

"Absolutely wonderful people asking relevant questions about what our government's doing for them in Olympia and challenging us to get it right," says Representative Klippert.  "Every day the legislature is over there, it's costing the people money to be there.  We want to get it done, and we want to get it done on time."

Klippert says by next month, they hope to have a budget proposal, but that's become a challenge since the republican party is the minority in Olympia.  He also says if the state can monitor its spending, many budget problems would get solved.