OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, released the following statement Wednesday morning following adjournment of the 2012 legislative session:
“After all the back and forth, all the political posturing and gamesmanship, and despite what seemed like an ideological chasm between the two parties just a week ago, I was happy to see both parties put their differences aside for the sake of all Washingtonians.
“This was not an easy session. There were many tense moments and tough votes, but in the end we came together and accomplished some great things as a group for our state as a whole.
“I was proud to vote yes for a budget that supports education and spares the least vulnerable among us from the deep cuts that have threatened safety net programs in past budgets.
“I was especially proud to vote yes on some absolutely critical pieces of reform legislation that will leave our state on a sustainable path.
“Taking on things like pension reform, long-term balanced budget writing and K-12 employee insurance reform will help us avoid future budget deficits.
“I was also proud to take yes votes this session on marriage equality, anti-human trafficking legislation and on a bill to protect our friends and neighbors from foreclosure.
“The House, Senate and Governor put all our differences aside and coalesced behind an idea we all care about – doing what’s best for Washington.”