Lawmakers look ahead to 2018 legislative session


first_imgThe local business community got some face time on Friday morning with Clark County’s lawmakers at the 2018 Legislative Outlook Breakfast to talk about the much-anticipated capital budget, education and workforce training, as well as taxes, regulations and other topics.Those are all issues lawmakers could face in the 60-day legislative session that begins in January. Nearly all nine legislators from Clark County (Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, was absent) assembled at WareHouse ’23 along with 200 members of the business community and other local elected officials for the annual event hosted by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and the Columbia River Economic Development Council.John McDonagh, Chamber of Commerce CEO, moderated the event and took written questions from the audience. He said the first four questions all concerned the capital budget, a $4 billion pot of money that would fund construction projects across the state. Passage of the budget was stalled during the last legislative session after Republicans, who controlled the Senate at the time, insisted that the Legislature also address a court case affecting rural water rights.The Democratic Party retook control of the state Senate in a special election this fall, and Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, said the Legislature would likely take action on the capital budget very soon.“The capital budget is our number one priority,” she said. “All of us recognize the need to address passage of that budget as our first and foremost priority.”last_img