Chandler says bipartisan budget represents priorities of citizens from both sides of the Cascades

“This budget positions us well into the future while taking into account the fragile economic recovery being experienced by some – but not all – Washingtonians,” says Chandler

The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bipartisan 2015-17 operating budget today 90-8.

The $38 billion plan invests about $1.3 billion in K-12 education, provides cost-of-living raises for teachers, reduces class sizes, decreases tuition rates at the state's universities and colleges, and makes further investments in the state's mental health system – all without a major tax increase as has been proposed by some lawmakers in Olympia.Rep. Chandler speaks in support of the bipartisan 2015-17 operating budget on the House floor

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, and ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee released the following statement:

“This is a bipartisan budget that is more stable, more predictable and more sustainable than many budgets I've seen in my time in the Legislature because it was a collaborative effort.  There was give and take on both sides.  I don't know anyone who absolutely loves everything in this budget.  Nor does anyone absolutely hate everything in this budget.

“The bottom line is that we were able to craft a budget that includes historical investments in K-12 education and an unprecedented reduction in college tuition.  It increases our mental health services and keeps alive several tax incentives that help spur our economy and create jobs.  And we did it without major tax increases like a capital gains tax or carbon tax.

“I believe this budget reflects the principles and priorities of citizens living on both sides of the Cascades.  It's one that positions us well into the future while taking into account the fragile economic recovery being experienced by some – but not all – Washingtonians.” 

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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