This isn’t the usual article I like to send out, but I got this email from a good friend of mine, and I thought it was too important to not share with everyone. Apparently our state Democrats are using their near super-majority status to bar Republicans from voting on budget issues (the mechanics of which are stated below). I’ve contacted Representative Dan Kristiansen to confirm whether or not this letter was from his wife, and he confirmed it (1).
Anyway, after last year’s 5.1 billion dollar deficit (that’s more than five times 999 million dollars), you’d think our state Democrats would at the very least be interested in getting us under budget, but I stopped giving them credit a long time ago (2). Please copy and paste this to as many people as you possibly can, since the media has ignored opportunities to expose corruption.
1) Representative Dan Kristiansen
2) Last year’s deficit
By Janis Kristiansen
3:40 pm Thursday, April 24, 2009
Since NO ONE in the press is going to report this, I will. I just got off the phone with my husband, State Rep. Dan Kristiansen.
In summary, this is what he said.
At the beginning of session this year, the Democrats in control in the House changed the rules and eliminated the 24 hour rule from when the budget is introduced to when it can be voted upon. In the past, the budgets were rolled out for review, and no vote on any budget could happen until at LEAST 24 hours had passed, giving time for the minority party (read Republicans) to review the budget, and make an intelligent vote on it. Not this session. A budget can be introduced and voted upon, all in the same hour, giving the minority party literally no time to read it.
This morning, April 24, three days before the end of session, the Democrats announced that NO amendments to the capitol budget could be introduced (most amendments are offered by the opposing party, usually) after 3 pm today. Guess when the Democrats released the capitol budget today, for the Republicans to get a first review of it? At 3:25pm, 25 minutes after cut-off for any amendments to be offered. So, for the Republicans, NO amendments can be offered because the Democrats released the operating budget for the Republicans to see 25 minutes after the deadline for amendments to be accepted. This is CORRUPT.
The story is not over. The operating budget, separate from the capitol budget, was emailed to the Republicans this morning at 1:30 AM, early in the morning. It is several hundred pages. The Democrats then said NO amendments were going to be allowed to the capitol budget after 12 noon today. So, in the middle of the night the Democrats release the capitol budget, and then announce no amendments are allowed after 12 noon, AND they are voting on this budget this afternoon.
This is the corrupt nature of the Democrats in control. How are Republicans supposed to vote yes or no on these budgets, hundreds of pages long, that spend approximately $34 billion dollars each biennium, when they are given no time to review it, or offer even hurried amendments to it? The Democrats realize they have almost a super majority; so in essence, it’s OK to ignore the Republicans during the budget process.
Please email this article to everyone you know in WA. The 5000 people who came to the Tea Party in Olympia, myself included, and who participated in one of the 30 tea parties across our state, need to know this is the level of corruption in the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives in WA. Rep. Dan said this Operating Budget offered sets our state up for an approximate $10 billion shortfall in the 2011 biennium. This is outrageous! Where is self-restraint? Where is responsibility? Where is the good stewardship of tax payer dollars?