Chase says capital budget is one of many tasks for Senate’s new Democratic majority

Monday, January 1, 2018

State Sen. Maralyn Chase
32nd Legislative District
By Evan Smith

Democratic State Sen. Maralyn Chase says that passing a capital budget is the first of many tasks for the Senate’s new Democratic majority.

In 2017, legislators were unable to pass an operating budget during their scheduled 105-day session, and went into a third 30-day special session to reach a compromise between the Democratic-controlled State House of Representatives and the then-Republican-controlled State Senate.

But legislators never reached an accord on a capital budget, which pays for state buildings and other projects built using the state’s bonding authority.

Chase said in early December that other bills mean little if Democrats can’t secure sufficient votes from the Republicans to pass the capital budget bond bill.

She added that the legislature needs to address unsolved issues related to the State Supreme Court’s order for the Legislature to provide full support for public schools.

She also said that, as the new chair of the Senate Economic Development and International Trade Committee, she hopes to craft a strategy for a growth economy.

“I am looking at how we can now move forward to grow an inclusive economy where everyone shares in the prosperity, where businesses thrive, and our citizens enjoy an increased standard of living,” she said.

Chase will take the chair of the committee on economic development and international trade in the 2018 legislature because Democrats have taken a 25-24 Senate majority after a Democrat won a special election in November for a seat representing east King County that had been held by a Republican.

Chase represents the 32nd Legislative District, including the city of Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, south Edmonds, the city of Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace.

In addition to being chair of the committee on economic development and international trade, Chase also will be a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and of the Rules Committee.

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