OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement today after the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2023 operating budget proposal.

“The governor has delivered a solid roadmap that identifies and prioritizes the top needs of our state. I’m extremely encouraged by his focus on behavioral health investments, especially his commitment to growing our workforce and building new facilities.

“Legislators are deeply concerned about the lack of affordable housing in communities across Washington, and I appreciate the governor’s commitment to address this urgent need.

“I also look forward to continuing our work to address the climate crisis. The governor has offered several good ideas that will reduce pollution, make our communities safer, and create a prosperous clean energy economy.

“We will look at all of the governor’s priorities closely as the Legislature works together to craft a balanced budget that will improve lives across our state.”