April 21, 2011

Calls needed on the contacts

You know about the Senate’s illegal plan to impose additional furlough days for those earning more than $50,000 a year. It was in several newspapers yesterday.  

Read the story here. 

Keep in mind, this isn’t a call for more furloughs alone – it’s an attack on the contracts themselves. 

The state employee contracts will save the state almost $400 million. There comes a time to say enough is enough. 

That time is now. 

Call 800-562-6000: 
  • Tell legislators to stop scapegoating public servants and support the state employee contracts in the budget bill, HB 1087.  
  • Tell them the Senate budget’s furlough plan is illegal. 
  • Tell them it’s time to stop the irresponsible rhetoric against public servants, who’ve already sacrificed to save services.

• The Senate on Wednesday passed its version of the Transportation Budget (ESHB 1175) that increases funding for Highway Maintenance. The vote was 39-9 with one excused. It now goes back to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.

• The Senate also passed the Discover Pass bill to fund parks, Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. 2SSB 5622 passed on a vote of 33-14 with one absent and one excused. It, too, now goes back to the House.

• And the Senate passed SSB 5385, the measure raising hunting and fishing licenses to fund other natural resource services, on a vote of 38-8 with three excused. It, too, goes back to the House.

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