Klickitat County Impacted By Lack Of State Capital Budget

The impasse that led to the Washington Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget has significant impacts on Klickitat County.  County Commissioner Rex Johnston points out that the capital budget is where grant funds for a number of county departments, including public health and senior services, come from.  He notes many of those services must be provided for, whether the grants are there or not, adding the County will pull money out of its coffers and hope once a capital budget is passed the County will get its money back.  The capital budget has become a leverage point as Senate Republicans have sought to have the Legislature takes steps to lessen the impact of the Hirst decision from the state Supreme Court that put so-called permit-exempt wells to be used for rural development in jeopardy.

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