Washington Senate should set aside partisanship, pass budget

For the first time in our history, Washington may fail to pass a capital construction budget. Billions of dollars of investments in clean energy, forest fire prevention, water security, school construction and so much more is at stake.

For decades, the capital construction budget has been above politics and partisanship, and this year should be no different. Tell your state senator we need to pass this critical budget before they come home.

The capital budget passed the state House of Representatives in late June with 92 votes in favor and just one against—that includes overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats. This consensus budget is home to major investments in transportation electrification, large scale solar projects, energy efficiency and air quality projects that will benefit the most vulnerable people in our state.

This budget is so important that is has always received bipartisan support and never held up over politics—this year shouldn’t be any different.

Urge the Senate to act. Tell you state senator we need a capital construction budget and we need it fast. 

Author Bio

Vlad Gutman-Britten

former Washington Director, Climate Solutions

Vlad was Washington State Director until 12/1/21.  He brought varied and deep experience in policy, advocacy, and campaign politics to his work at Climate Solutions.

Before coming to Climate Solutions, Vlad was Senior Policy Director for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, where he successfully secured tens of millions of dollars in state investment in habitat and recreation lands. He was previously a key part of issue advocacy and communications efforts for large companies, including Microsoft and GE, and before that served as AIPAC's Deputy Midwest Political Director. A veteran campaign operative, he has run congressional and state legislative campaigns and worked on races ranging from mayoral to presidential.

Vlad is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received a degree in political science. In his free time, Vlad bikes, listens to everything from opera to folk music, and smokes whatever fish or meat fits into his smoker.  He is soon off to New York City to start a new adventure as the Assistant Director for Policy and Markets at NYSERDA, New York State's energy agency.  

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