State senator says calls bipartisan budget "historic"
OLYMPIA, Wash- Politicians often make speeches about the need for bipartisanship but that often turns into politics as usual. However in the case of the state budget, it seems that bipartisanship is the reason lawmakers got it done.
State Senator Curtis King applauded both republican and democratic leaders in the senate for their commitment to working together. King says Senators Murray and Zurelli of the ways and means committee made up their minds to work together on the budget and the other senators followed their example.
"I think this set a stage for legislators in the future as to how a budget should be developed; I really believe it's somewhat historic", says King.
Senator King says the process wasn't as smooth in the House of Representatives. According to him some party politics did interfere there. However overall he says this is the most pleasant budget process he's ever experienced.
He also said that the $5 billion budget gap was one of the reasons lawmakers put some politics aside.