Rep. Drew Stokesbary issues statement on passage of 2021-23 state operating budget

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement Sunday evening following the Legislature's passage of the 2021-23 operating budget:

“Unfortunately, I can only restate all of my prior objections. The 2021-23 operating budget raises taxes for the sake of raising taxes. We could fund everything in this budget with existing tax revenue, yet the majority party is choosing to impose a capital gains tax to score political points. We know taxing innovators and investors will ultimately drive jobs and opportunities to other states – jobs that Washington families need.

“At a time when we are collecting record tax revenue and sitting on billions in federal stimulus funds, this Legislature is choosing to impose a number of regressive policies that will raise the price of household necessities like cell phones and gasoline. I worked hard to ensure the Working Families Tax Exemption was funded for the first time in history, only to see all of that hard-won tax relief offset by these new costs.

“This budget will make our state less competitive, make our revenue less predictable, and ultimately hurt working families across the state.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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