House Republicans unveil state operating budget proposal that funds vital services, priorities without tax increases
Washington House Republicans unveiled their operating budget proposal Tuesday. The framework, they say, would fund priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses, and all of Washington, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes. John Sattgast reports.
SATTGAST: House Republicans say the two-year operating budget proposal includes just over six-billion dollars in savings, many of which were recommended by state agencies as part of their budget evaluation exercise directed by Governor Inslee last year. Yet, no vital services are affected.
In addition, it appropriates 1-point-8 billion dollars from the state's rainy-day fund to pay for one-time, COVID-related relief and expenses. This includes a tax credit for working families, additional money for schools and students who have fallen behind academically, and tax relief for restaurants and other hard-hit businesses
Auburn Representative Drew Stokesbary is the House Republican budget leader.
STOKESBARY: “Unlike the governor's plan, it doesn't raise taxes on anything or anybody. In fact, it cuts taxes a little bit. It cuts taxes for some of the businesses that were hardest hit by the shutdowns and it reduces sales tax on some basic household necessities. So, we fund the exact same important programs as the governor. We fund several additional programs as the governor. And we do it by cutting taxes, rather than raising taxes.”
SATTGAST: Money is included for childcare, foster care, rental assistance, charter schools, broadband access, addressing the issue of homelessness, forest management and reopening schools and the economy. Stokesbary said it's a fiscally responsible, sustainable plan that provides real solutions and help at a time when Washington citizens need it the most.
John Sattgast, the state Capitol
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