Chandler calls House Democrat budget unsustainable and unpredictable

“The taxes relied upon in this budget are volatile, unproven and risky.  This budget won't survive the ultimate legislators: the people,” says Chandler

The Washington State House of Representatives passed a budget proposal brought forth by House Democrats on a party-line vote today, 51-47.

The $38.9 billion plan increases state spending by 15 percent, relies on $1.5 billion in new and increased taxes, and is projected to leave about $4 million in ending funds after the 2017-19 biennium when the budget is expected to be about $43 billion.

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, and ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, called the proposal a budget for the “20th Century, not this one,” and released the following statement:

“I appreciate that there has been a strong consensus on what the priorities of this session should be.  It's helped build a more collaborative and thoughtful approach as we address the next step in improving K-12 education and our mental health system.

“As we came into this session, my number one priority in working on a budget has been to make sure the end result is sustainable, predictable and stable.  Unfortunately, this budget is none of those.

“We have to remember that for as difficult as we think it's been in Olympia this past decade, it's been even more difficult – devastating, even – out in the real world back home.  Our state will see a 9 percent increase in tax revenues over the next two years, something our citizens have spent the last decade trying to recoup.  And some of them, frankly, will never fully recover from the state's economic recession.

“The tax increases implied with this spending plan deny the fact that people have been hurting.  The taxes relied upon in this budget are volatile, unproven and risky; they won't help our economic recovery, encourage private-sector growth or give people hope that a better future is imminent.

“This budget is one that denies the current economic realities; it's one built for the 20th Century, not the current one.  In the end, I don't think this budget will survive the ultimate legislators: the people.”


Washington State House Republican Communications