Republicans Say WA Democrats Are Ignoring Key Task of Budget to Push SSM


The Seattle Times:

Republican lawmakers Wednesday decried what they say is slow action on progress to close a $1 billion budget gap.

In a meeting with reporters, House and Senate GOP leaders said too much time has been spent on hot-button issues from gay marriage to plastic-bag bans to abolishing the death penalty. The legislative session is nearly a quarter of the way complete and there is no timeline on when a draft budget will be circulated, they said.

"I do not want to get to the end of the 60-day session potentially looking at a special session and then just wasting more taxpayer dollars," said Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake. "So let's get to work."

Lawmakers returned Jan. 9, tasked with addressing a projected deficit of about $1 billion through June 2013.

Gov. Chris Gregoire wants a buffer of several hundred million dollars in case the economy underperforms, meaning legislators will have to make about $1.5 billion in cuts or find new revenue.


  1. Rich
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    We all agree, let's get the gay marriage bill passed, out of the way, everybody will be happy and we can move on to other pressing issues.

  2. Louis E.
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Rich,nope,let's bury same-sex "marriage" once and for all!

  3. Rich
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    But LouisE, then we won't all be happy.

  4. Louis E.
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    But some of us can't be happy as long as anyone keeps trying to justify same-sex sexual relationships.(Indeed,by hijacking an innocent synonym for "happy",the homosexual lobby is making it impossible for many people to admit to being "gay"!)

  5. Layne
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink


    Can you name a single person who finds it "impossible to admit to being gay" as a result of this "homosexual lobby"?

    Or this another one of your imaginary conspiracies?

  6. Louis E.
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Layne,when people saying "I'm gay" when they mean to say "I'm happy" being interpreted as saying "I'm homosexual",it's very much the fault of those who promote use of "gay" to mean "afflicted by homosexual orientation and refusing to admit the innate indefensibility of all homosexual activity".