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Don’t Let the Talking Points Fool You: Senate Republicans’ Budget Proposal Is a House of Cards

Don’t Let the Talking Points Fool You: Senate Republicans’ Budget Proposal Is a House of Cards

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-03-23 14:50:00 | (0) Comments
By Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy, and Kelli Smith, policy analyst
 
The state budget is not just a statement of our values. It is also a foundation and framework for delivering the everyday services that benefit us all – like ensuring everyone has the opportunity to thrive, making sure we have clean water to drink and air to breathe, and keeping school buses and fire trucks running each day. Republican leaders in the state Senate have proposed a two-year spending plan that would profoundly weaken that framework by slashing vital investments that help Washington’s communities and people prosper – and by failing to come up with the revenue needed to fund schools and other key priorities. Their plan would turn the state budget into a house of cards, at risk of collapsing at the first sign of a slowdown in the economy. And the human cost in terms of the well-being of Washingtonians would be staggering.
 

Building a responsible and sustainable budget requires lawmakers to take steps toward fixing Washington’s upside-down tax code, which taxes middle- and lower-income households at significantly higher rates than those at the very top of the income scale. Yet the proposal from Republican leaders in the state Senate offers no meaningful reforms to the state’s flawed tax code.

Lawmakers Must Protect the Wellbeing of Children, Families, and People with Disabilities

Lawmakers Must Protect the Wellbeing of Children, Families, and People with Disabilities

Posted by Julie Watts, 2017-03-23 13:50:00 | (0) Comments

Senate Republicans have revealed their new budget plan to be a house of cards – a budget with a weak framework that threatens the foundations of a strong economy. The deep cuts they propose to state-funded programs that protect the wellbeing of Washingtonians would hurt our state economy and be devastating to children, families, and people with disabilities. 

Senate Republican Budget Proposal Puts Washington’s Economic Future on Shaky Ground

Senate Republican Budget Proposal Puts Washington’s Economic Future on Shaky Ground

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2017-03-21 15:20:00 | (0) Comments

Statement from Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center:

Five Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Harm Washington State

Five Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Harm Washington State

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2017-03-20 18:15:00 | (0) Comments
By Julie Watts, deputy director
 
The Trump administration’s federal budget proposal hurts the very people the administration purported to help and leaves our states on the hook to make up the difference. The budget calls for big increases in military spending and pays for it through deep cuts to programs that help strengthen the economic security of everyday Americans. These cuts are on top of those already being proposed to health care through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

 

Tax Reform Can’t Wait, New Revenue Forecast Shows

Tax Reform Can’t Wait, New Revenue Forecast Shows

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-03-16 15:30:00 | (0) Comments
By Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy, and Kelli Smith, policy analyst 
 

All too often, certain lawmakers in Washington state who are ideologically opposed to creating a more just and sustainable tax system have leaned on positive revenue growth predictions to justify avoiding their obligation to fund schools and other investments that benefit all Washingtonians. Today’s projected uptick in future state tax resources is negligible compared to what we actually need to build thriving communities in every corner of our state in the years ahead. These projections should not be an excuse for these lawmakers to continue kicking their responsibility to fully fund schools down the road.

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