This is the first morning of the Washington state legislature’s 2015 session; last week I started a new job as the Session Aide for Representative Ross Hunter. I don’t actually work in the capitol building, but am mere steps from it. Representative Hunter is chair of the Appropriations Committee, meaning he is in charge of writing the state budget, which makes his office the perfect place to get to know how states choose to use tax money to improve the lives of citizens.
I don’t plan to blog about my work much, just like I rarely blogged about my work for Polaris. It will be the background music of FeelingElephants for the next few months, so here’s fair warning. I will probably be a bit more technical here, more attuned to numbers and charts, more joyous in the exploration of technical details. Mute me until it’s over if graphs give you hives. If you happen to be in Olympia, WA, come say Hi.
Starting today, the legislature will be in a dead sprint until the session closes. I am excited to get started.
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”–Franklin D. Roosevelt