The Majority Coalition Caucus was formed with promises of bipartisanship and collaboration - a new way of doing things. As it turns out, that "new way" is bringing the National Republican agenda to our Washington and driving our state to the brink of a shutdown. Let's take a look at the Majority Coalition Caucus' new way of doing things, by the numbers. As of June 27th:
- Number of floor votes held in the Senate on the last day of the first 30-day special session: 0
- Number of bills that passed both chambers during the first 30-day special session: 0
- Number of Senate Democrats who voted for the Senate Republicans' "compromise" budget in the first 30-day special session: 0
- Number of budget committee meetings Senate Republicans held during the first 30-day special session: 2
- Number of floor votes Senate Republicans held in the first 30-day special session: 4
- Days since Senate Republicans passed the same budget as the original proposal they introduced months ago, as their budget lead admitted himself on the floor of the Senate: 18
- Days since the Senate Republicans’ budget lead admitted on the floor of the Senate that Republicans will not come to a budget agreement unless their policy bills pass: 18
- Number of days past the date the Legislature is required by law to pass a budget: 26
- Number of days until a lack of a budget agreement will force a government shutdown: 4
- Number of days until the end of the second 30-day special session: 15
- Number of priority policy bills the Senate Republicans have inserted into budget negotiations: 33
- Days since the end of the regular session: 60
- Days since the Senate Republicans declared "Mission Accomplished" and proclaimed their work done: 63
- Time the Senate Republicans adjourned on the last day of first 30-day special session: 3:50 p.m.
If this is the new way of doing things, the people of Washington will be getting pretty nostalgic, pretty fast.
The governor's office on Thursday released a contingency plan should Senate Republicans force the state into an unprecedented shutdown. You can read the breakdown of what a shutdown would mean for each state agency here. A shutdown would close 34 state agencies and partially close 24 others. Twenty five agencies would remain open. The most devastating consequence from a public safety standpoint is the temporary layoff of 3,000 corrections workers.
For more information about the impending shutdown, click on the stories below:
Murray: We're headed for a fiscal cliff (Spokesman Review)
Sen. Ed Murray says Republicans trying to send state off fiscal cliff (Tacoma News Tribune)
Without deal, lawmakers fear special session may stretch into 2nd overtime (Seattle Times)
This is not why we elected them (The Olympian)
House budget gives public some insight on progress (Spokesman Review)
Wash. lawmakers may miss another major deadline (Associated Press)