Johnson Bill Would Include Financial Impacts On Initatives

Washington 14th District State Representative Norm Johnson has authored a bill to require financial impacts to the state budget be included with all voter initatives on the ballot.  There is a similar bill in the Senate,  which require a statement from the state’s Office of Financial Management.  Johnson’s bill adds a requirement for a pro and con statement, and he says that would provide transparency.  Impetus for the bills comes from last year’s passage of an initiative to decrease class sizes.  Johnson says the latest estimates indicate it would cost the state seven billion dollars to implement it.

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