Despite opponents’ protests that the public had no chance for input, the Senate advanced a bill to grant business owners immunity from civil lawsuits by someone who contracted COVID-19 in the business.
The Legislature will debate four bills to spend $500 million over two days beginning May 15. Advocates and at least one lawmaker worry transparency got overlooked.
An internal memo to the Legislature from its fiscal analysts anticipates $555 million to $2.8 billion in lost revenues from COVID-19 and an oil price war. “Armageddon,” in the words of one lawmaker.
Drake ponders the head-scratching news that a UW swimming pool proposal derailed $162 million worth of new projects in the state.
Legislators will look back at 2020 with regret that they didn’t fix the budget sooner, Drake predicts.