The huge economic development bill ( SB 45 ) that stalled in the Senate this week is expected to return to the floor – in a revised form – next week. And there is some optimism the bill will clear the chamber.
Senator John Griesheimer (R-Washington) has been involved in the crafting of this legislation. He points out one of the big issues of contention has been tax credits – with some members wanting strict caps and sunsets. He says this can be worked out.
“There are a number of different people that are working with all parties involved,” said Griesheimer. “Trying to just say, ‘Look, let’s figure out how we can all come together. Let’s get the bill out of the Senate, stand down, don’t filibuster, if you’ve got to vote no vote no, but let the bill go to conference and let’s work on a compromise version.'”
Included in this economic development bill is an expansion of the Quality Jobs program. The House version of this legislation ( HB 191 ) cleared that chamber in February and was voted out of a Senate committee on Thursday.