Stokesbary issues statement on governor’s partial veto of 2020 supplemental operating budget

Earlier today, Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed $445 million in spending from the 2020 supplemental operating budget that was approved by lawmakers in March. Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement:

“I commend the governor for his decision today to veto $445 million in new spending from the 2020 supplemental budget. Many of the vetoed items were good ideas that enjoyed popular support. His decisions were not easy, but in light of the severe impact to state tax revenues we are experiencing, his course of action was the right one.

“With that said, I had hoped the governor would issue additional vetoes for other new spending that is not necessary for the state's COVID-19 response and was not part of his initial budget request. But I do appreciate the governor's willingness to take the difficult, but necessary, steps that he did.

“I now encourage the governor to work with state agencies to begin reducing current spending across state government. Washington did not seek out this fight. I am confident it is a fight that we can and will win together, but winning will require that we cut back on unnecessary spending now to ensure the state has adequate fiscal resources to continue providing critical services to those who depend on them.”


Washington State House Republican Communications