When the building is closed for business for they day, you need to get your ass out.
And it looks like the “landings” weren’t all that soft.
The toll in the first two days of the Legislature’s emergency budget session:
- Six troopers and one state employee hurt in scuffles with protesters.
- Fifteen arrests, and at least six demonstrators hit with shocks from troopers’ stun guns.
- $12,000 in overtime costs for troopers on Monday alone and $8,200 for their first-day travel to Olympia.
- Two hearings on the budget that were held up by demonstrators.
- Two votes taken on legislation – neither of them on the state budget that has brought lawmakers to Olympia to fix a $2 billion problem.
Demonstrators demand the gap be bridged in part with tax increases, not just with cuts to social services, schools and the like. The State Patrol says most have expressed those sentiments peacefully. But there have been confrontations with a few in the Occupy movement.
But hey, at least they weren’t pepper sprayed. That would have the beginning of the “police state”.