I want to thank Mayor Barry McDonnell & the city council for making the decision to put five city construction projects on hold yesterday afternoon. It was a prudent thing to do and I want to acknowledge and applaud the decision! This morning's news indicates national unemployment is DOUBLE the number expected -- 6.6 million American's filing for first time unemployment. Boeing, our state's largest employer, is looking at "voluntary" layoffs. I don't know how many Camas residents work at the Gresham Boeing plant, but I know there is a sizeable number of Clark County residents who work there. The Seattle Times editorial board came out last night, calling on Governor Inslee to make budget cuts in our state spending. They demand not just "cuts" but "painful cuts" in state spending. That's coming from a normally supportive news source. https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-necessitates-painful-but-necessary-cuts-to-washington-state-budget/?amp=1&fbclid=IwAR33RilqEf_qEVX2I59PqJ399Q-7v5o27LxmhDu3-4XhB2JU2LIw00j0cmk A different Times news report this morning reported gas sales have plummeted by TWO THIRDS for one Seattle area gas retailer. Clearly gas tax revenues going to the state are plummeting as well. A different Times news story reported that 44% of global airplanes are PARKED. Yes, that's my industry. But again, it highlights what will not be a quick "recovery" for our state's largest employer, Boeing. I know the finance director and the city council's finance committee have begun looking at the issue of cutting costs and spending. That's very appropriate. There are difficult decisions ahead for all of us. Thanks to the Mayor and city council for taking the first, serious step in tightening our cities spending.
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