Walsh offers amendments to House operating budget proposal

The state House of Representatives is currently considering the 2017-19 House Democrat operating budget plan with $3 billion in new taxes over the next two years. The plan also includes a new capital gains tax and a 20 percent business and occupation (B&O) tax on some businesses. Thursday evening, the House considered amendments to the proposal, including several authored by Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen.

“I've come here to fight for the 19th legislative district,” said Walsh. “The common theme to all of these budget amendments and provisos is that they are good for the people, property owners and small businesses in our communities. I'll use these legislative tools—and any others I can find—to push policy that's good for rural Washington. We'll win a few votes, and we may lose a few, but the overall effect will benefit our families and neighbors.”

Amendments offered by Walsh include:

  • Amendment 332 would allocate $5 million to the Naselle Youth Camp. Rejected by a vote of 48-48, 2 excused.
  • Amendment 354 would direct the Department of Commerce to prioritize funding for sober-living housing before low and no-barrier housing. Rejected.
  • Amendment 336 would require the Department of Ecology to complete a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the use of Imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp by May 31, 2017. Adopted.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the regular session on April 23.

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