Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WA GOP Budget Plan

In Olympia this afternoon, Senate Republicans released their budget proposal for 2015-2017.  Among the key features of the Senate plan, as outlined by Republican Senate Leader Mark Schoesler and budget chair Senator Andy Hill:
  • The Senate plan balances the budget, and covers human services, without raising taxes, and without any new taxes.  Revenue is projected to increase by $3 billion over the next two years, so there is no need to raise taxes.
  • The Senate budget satisfies McCleary and fully funds education.
  • The Senate plan helps working families by reducing college tuition, making our state’s college students a priority.
This Republican plan is a sharp contrast to the plan unveiled by House Democrats last week.  The Democrats propose to increase spending by 15% - a total of $5.2 billion!  And they propose a huge tax increase - $1.5 billion in new and increased taxes.  Moreover, the Democrats propose elimination of the state spending limit, creating an unsustainable budget.


Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

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