Day 94: Budget countdown continues
I am beginning the countdown to the end of the 2015 legislative session, highlighting the need to complete budget negotiations by April 26.
Today is the 94th day of the 105-day legislative session, the 19th day since House Democrats rolled out a budget proposal that won’t balance without $1.5 billion in new taxes, and the 13th day that House leaders have failed to bring their proposed tax increases to a vote. Successful leaders do not write checks that they are not prepared to cover.
The Senate passed a complete, no-new taxes budget, but it appears House Democrats don’t have the votes to pass their own tax proposals. We welcome them to drop their needless push for more revenue and support a sustainable budget which meets the needs of our state without new taxes. That’s how we can finish the people’s business on time and on budget.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your state senator.
20th District Senator
This year, in addition to serving on the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications committee, I am serving as vice-chair of three committees: Trade and Economic Development, Commerce and Labor and Ways and Means. I also have the honor of serving as the Senate Deputy Majority Leader.