I’m guessing it will take awhile for interest groups, reporters and everybody else to figure out all the implications of a new biennial state budget that is on the brink of approval as I write this Tuesday, May 24.
The AFL-CIO’s news site, The Stand, carried blistering criticism of the budget deal. Brendan Williams, a former state representative, said Washington state government is in some ways worse than Wisconsin’s, where the stripping of collective bargaining rights from many state workers recently made national headlines. A restructuring aimed at cutting the cost of worker compensation was labeled “shameful.”
The Association of Washington Business lauded the worker comp changes but said more alterations are needed to keep the state’s businesses competitive.