Chandler calls compromise budget a solid step forward to more opportunity and prosperity

‘This budget is far from perfect, but it is a solid step forward to more opportunity and prosperity for our communities back home,’ says Chandler

 

The Washington State Legislature passed today a 2017-19 compromise operating budget agreement that spends about $43.49 billion.  Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the proposal before midnight tonight, avoiding a partial shutdown of certain state government services.

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee and lead budget negotiator for House Republicans, issued the following statement:

“The budget passed by the Legislature today is indicative of the various opinions, experiences and priorities of constituents around the state. I think each legislator – whether from Puget Sound or Pullman – can point to a handful of successes and failures.

“For me and my House Republican colleagues, we’re satisfied this budget does not contain the economically damaging tax increases originally proposed by the governor and House Democrats. A capital gains income tax, a carbon tax or an increase in the business and occupation tax on service businesses would have been difficult for families and employers to bear. The economic future of our state and local communities will be better served without those onerous and unnecessary tax burdens.

“Instead we have a much more fair and equitable state and local property tax system, coupled with small new revenue streams and money from the budget stabilization account, to once and for all make the state’s paramount duty our number one priority. Education makes up over fifty percent of the state operating budget for the first time since the early 1980s. And, for the first time in a long time, our state education system will be paid for by state dollars.

“We’re also pleased the business and occupation tax for our manufacturing sector has been reformed. This potentially opens the door for more manufacturing jobs, especially for some of the rural parts of our state that have ample and affordable power, accessible infrastructure and a dedicated workforce.

“We’ve also made significant and much-needed investments in our mental health and foster care systems, once again keeping our promise to care for our most vulnerable populations.

“In the end, I truly believe this is the best budget – the best outcome – that we could have achieved with the Legislature so evenly divided. This budget is far from perfect, but it is a solid step forward to more opportunity and prosperity for our communities back home.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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