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Regala: Special session was ‘pre-paid’

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm with 6 Comments »
May 27, 2011 5:26 pm

Sen. Debbie Regala penned an interesting blog post this week defending lawmakers’ special session to deal with the budget.

The Democrat from Tacoma notes that the cost of the 30-day overtime period comes out of the Legislature’s budget. Lawmakers don’t appropriate extra money to pay for it. She says that means “tax payers contribute no more than they already do,” because the Legislature makes do with less the rest of the year.

The cost of special sessions over the past 25 years has not required any additional tax payer dollars. Both the House and Senate absorb the cost of special sessions in their original budget appropriation and will do so again this year, despite having endured significant budget reductions over the course of this biennium. The majority of these costs are a per diem stipend for senators that help cover cost of living, while away from home and regular jobs.

Read her post.

Here’s my story from last week on the cost of special session.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. truthbusterguy says:

    She doesn’t get it. Like most liberal democrats, or all democrats, it’s the legislatures money, it’s the schools money, it’s the WSDOT’s money, it’s the unions money, it’s the welfare mom’s money.

    It’s OUR MONEY and they wasted it on a special session.

    I am glad she is quiting. Libs like her are the problem.

  2. Only Regale. God save us.

  3. So sorry “Regala” and I too am very pleased that she ain’t running for office again.

  4. fatuous says:

    I have a solution to the too many cooks problem that will make legislation cheaper.

    Get rid of the House and just keep the Senate.

  5. BigSwingingRichard says:

    It is money we planned on spending thus no hard done? Taxpayers think differently.

  6. slasmith says:

    If they already have enough in their budget to cover their special session they are overbudgeting and need to cut the legislative budget.

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