House Republicans say Democrat budget sets state up for future tax increases

March 4, 2014
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House Republicans say Democrat budget sets state up for future tax increases

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor debate on pending legislation February 13th (32nd Day of the 60-Day 2014 Regular Session).The state House of Representatives passed a partisan budget today that, if adopted by the Senate, could set the stage for significant tax increases in the future, says House Republican budget leaders.  Unlike the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus's bipartisan budget proposal, which passed the Senate last week 41-8, the budget that passed the House today did so along party lines with no support from House Republicans.

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

“While I appreciate working many long hours with my colleagues across the aisle, I can't offer support for their budget.  This budget relies on some small tax increases now, but leaves so little in reserves to protect against unforeseen circumstances that it sets us up for much larger tax increases in the future.  It fails to continue the prioritization of spending that we saw in last year's bipartisan proposal and links certain education investments to very risky tax increase proposals that voters have rejected in the past.  Approving this budget would lead to more broken promises.

“The underlying bill which has already passed the Senate in a significant bipartisan fashion is a much better starting point.  By freezing higher education tuition rates for all of 2014-15 school years and by including more investments in opportunity scholarships, it continues to make higher education more accessible and more affordable for more students.  It also includes more money for K-12 technology enhancements, is more conservative with future employee costs and leaves a little more in reserves.

“I believe the Senate budget has the support of two-thirds of the members in the House. I think the final budget that comes out of Olympia will look more like the Senate's bipartisan version than the House's partisan one.

“Ultimately, the people who work and pay the taxes for all this government spending expect a predictable, stable and sustainable budget.  And they deserve it.  We're not there yet, but we're close.”


Washington State House Republican Communications