Battle over funding of our ratified contracts begins

inslee-st-120716-webThe Seattle Times today (Dec. 7) is reporting what we already knew: Legislative funding of our negotiated pay raises and ratified contracts isn’t a sure thing.

Here’s how the Times report started off:

“Gov. Jay Inslee likely won’t release his proposed two-year state budget until next week, but the first fiscal skirmish with legislative Republicans has already begun — over planned pay raises for public workers.”

The story relates opposition to the raises from a top Senate budget writer, Sen. John Braun, and a corporate-backed think tank.

“’He needs to be making difficult choices here; it’s not just a giveaway,’” the Times quoted Braun as saying of Inslee.

You can see the full story and our response here:

This is one reason it’s so important to make our voices heard when the Legislature convenes next month.

It’s not too early to sign up for one of our Lobby Days: