State Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, is the new chairman of the committee in the state House of Representatives that oversees the budgets of many state agencies and programs.
The legislative session begins Monday in Olympia.
Hudgins represents the 11th Legislative District.
Hudgins will chair the House General Government Appropriations and Oversight Committee, which manages the funding and oversight of general government, natural resources, and corrections programs and agencies. It makes funding recommendations to the final fiscal committee, the Ways and Means Committee.
Hudgins is stepping down from his previous role as the majority floor leader in the Democratic caucus to take on his new role.
As a veteran member of the committee, Hudgins championed several government-efficiency improvements, including a new print-management system for several state agencies, which will ultimately save taxpayers millions of dollars.
This session, the Legislature will conntinue to deal with one of the worst economic downturns in decades.
“This budget is going to be one that you either love or hate,” said Hudgins. “If you want to protect the services the state provides you are going to hate it, if you want to see a smaller state budget again, you will love it.”