In 2017, the state imposed a $2.5 billion tax on the sale of lottery tickets and wagering games, which the Legislature said would be used to fund public safety.
But the money didn’t go to fund basic public safety measures.
The Legislature also passed a law in 2018 that limited the amount of money the state could spend on public safety and mental health.
That law also limited the lottery revenue the state would spend on the state-owned Port Authority.
In 2018, the Legislature passed a bill that also cut the state’s general fund funding by $5.4 billion.
That bill was vetoed by Gov.
Inslee said in 2018 he would veto the 2018 bill, but his office later said he would sign the 2017 bill.
The 2017 state budget was $14.9 billion, which was the largest in state history.
The 2018 budget was about $13.9 million.
The new 2017 budget included a new $6.8 billion tax, which also didn’t come from the lottery.
The tax collected $1.6 billion in 2018, and the state was supposed to have $7.5 million available for emergency expenses, such as roads and fire protection.
But by the time the state budget is approved, the $6 billion was still going to the general fund.
The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a new version of the 2017 budget.
Insay said the 2018 budget has to be approved by the full House of Representatives to get the 2017 funding approved.
The money could help the state deal with rising homelessness and mental illness.
But that would mean less money for education, child care, veterans programs and job training, Insay told lawmakers in a committee hearing last week.
The state has also cut money from the state police budget to deal with increased crime, Inslee’s office said.
The department is already down more than half a million dollars since the beginning of 2018.
Insaid said that, despite the budget cuts, the department has been doing its best to maintain its level of staffing, including hiring new officers and providing new equipment.
But he said the department is under a budget constraint and that there’s not enough money in the budget to meet the needs of the police force.
In a letter to Inslee, the Police Department’s chief, Detective Mike Soto, wrote that he is frustrated by Insay’s lack of support and accountability for the department and the impact it has on our public safety efforts.
The letter also criticized Insay for refusing to fund a training program that would have included mental health and homelessness programs.
Insays office did not respond to a request for comment.