UPDATE: House OKs Alexander’s 6-year budget concept
he state House voted 97-to-1 today to endorse a six-year budgeting approach championed by Republican Rep. Gary Alexander and strongly advocated by such “Road Kill Caucus” members as Democratic Rep. Deb Eddy. House Bill 2607 now goes to the Senate where a constitutional amendment requiring actual balanced budgets and a four-year outlook - Senate Joint Resolution 8222 passed last night. HB 2607 requires the governor to put out a six-year budget forecast that is linked to known revenues for that period. SJR 8222, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyallup, goes further – and would require a two-thirds House vote before going to the statewide ballot in November for voter approval.