Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that he will not sign any bills coming his way if legislators in Olympia do not finish the budget on time.According to the Washington Policy Center, the Governor's office said this;
"This morning I let leadership know that they should not expect me to sign bills until they reach a budget agreement," Inslee said.
"Doing a budget is their first job. They need to do their first job," he said. "Then, and only then, can we start to look at these bills that are not going to be signed unless we get a budget."
The governor made the point today that there is no reason that legislators can’t get this done but they aren’t yet moving at the pace required to finish by Thursday. He hopes this provides a deadline that makes sure they get the job done on time.
With or without the vetoes, the Governor also said he will immediately call a special session to begin this Friday if a supplemental budget is not adopted before then.I wish the Governor would come out and say he will veto any charter bill (as Governor Gregoire did.)
Also, the Washington Policy Center, despite their Executive Director's dislike of pushing thru bills with no meat to them, paid for charter school ads in the Times yesterday and today.
What this all means to charter schools is hard to know. I'm not a legislative insider and, at this point, it's hard to read the tea leaves.
Is there enough leverage on the levy cliff/lid to get enough legislators to agree to a charter school bill?
Hard to for me to believe legislators would not be worried over the lack in public input AND the fact that it may not be vetted enough to withstand a court challenge.
Did you get your (apparently) mandatory charter school robocall? I had two this weekend.