Rep. Bruce Chandler says governor’s tax-increase budget needs to be held up against the bipartisan scrutiny of the legislative process

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, and ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement today on Gov. Jay Inslee's 2015-17 operating budget proposal, which includes approximately $4.3 billion in new tax increases over the next four years:

“The governor has unveiled some controversial proposals that have given state lawmakers some ideas to think about. It's now time to hold them up to the bipartisan scrutiny of the legislative process.

“Any conversation about our state's budget and the upcoming session needs to include the reminder that we are expecting nearly $3 billion more in new revenues for the next budget cycle – an eight percent increase! I know folks in my district would love to see an eight percent increase in their family budgets, but they haven't. They may not see that kind of increase for the next two years. If Washington can't balance the books with an eight percent increase in revenues, folks back home should be very be concerned.

“We look forward to seeing what House Democrats propose in committee and potentially bring to the House floor for a vote. In the end, it's not about what the governor wants – it's about what at least 50 members of the House and 25 members of the Senate can agree upon.

“We look forward to putting solutions on the table and being a part of the negotiations as the legislative process unfolds.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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