The Legislature averted a partial government shutdown last session 2017 by passing a two-year Operating Budget after bitter partisan fighting and considerable extensions. BUT the accompanying capital budget containing $4 billion in new money for local water and sewer projects, school construction, mental-health facilities and other projects across the state was not passed.
This was held up because the controversial Hirst decision regarding disputes over water rights was declared contingent to passage of the capital budget. This failure to come to an agreement last year has caused a delay in important projects and jobs around our state slated to begin. Therefore, the capital budget must be dealt with in this short supplemental session. As the passage of the capital budget requires a 60% vote in both houses to approve the bonds needed to pay for the work outlined in the budget, the legislature has again reached an impasse this session. Although we feel the issue of water rights is important, we do not approve of further delays to the agreed upon capital budget expenditures.
Please call or write your legislators to tell them your story and voice your opinion.