ARC of King County Family Coalition
Sen. Joe Fain received the Arc of King County Family Coalition Budget Champion Award for his efforts to protect historic investments in services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
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State Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, said he turns down the money to dispel any notion that politicians welcome the special session so they can make a few extra bucks.
Fain, the GOP floor leader, is one of the few legislators in Olympia frequently during overtime sessions. Several others in leadership positions, including Senate budget writer John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, also took no per diem early in the first special session.
Budgeting requires difficult decisions and a commitment to governing. In 2012, a bipartisan coalition of senators instituted an important fiscal reform: the four-year balanced-budget law. Washington is the first state with this check on budget gimmicks, our greatest defense against self-inflicted financial chaos.
State initiatives would contain a ballot message that they could require the Legislature to cut programs or raise taxes if they pass under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate.
After the 2013 Legislature required two special sessions before approving a new budget, Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) introduced legislation aimed at avoiding future delays and removing potential conflicts of interest from fundraising loopholes.
After a long and controversial session, the Legislature learned two valuable lessons in the passage of its 2013 budget: Establish priorities and keep your word.
In a publication to members of the Washington REALTOR’s Association, Sen. Joe Fain was thanked for his efforts in leading the charge to keep the state’s pledge to small businesses throughout Washington.
Two weeks ago we joined a bipartisan majority of state senators to present a long-term sustainable budget that doesn’t spend more money than the state expects to collect. This proposal not only addresses the remaining 16 months left in the current two-year budget cycle, but also the next two-year budget cycle through mid-2015. Families and small businesses face serious consequences if they do not live within their means and plan for the future; state government is no different.
Sen. Joe Fain, who represents the 47th Legislative District, which includes Auburn, was pleased to advocate for the projects funded by the legislation.