Bailey champions ‘no new taxes’ budget as win for working families

The Senate Majority Coalition’s no new taxes budget proposal is a win for Washington State. The budget makes education the top priority and delivers tax relief and college affordability to families across Washington without raising taxes. Senate budget leaders released their 2015-17 state operating budget proposal today committed to capture savings and keep the state’s economy moving with more investments in education

“I have been vocal making the point that with $3 billion more coming to the state we do not need to raise taxes. We have enough additional revenue coming to the state that we can reinvest in education, make higher education a priority and continue to deliver essential services without new and volatile tax schemes, “said Bailey.

Bailey, R- Oak Harbor, notes the Senate’s 2015-17 spending proposal would put more money into funding education – at a 3 to 1 ratio with new money — add mental-health services, as directed by the state Supreme Court, and cut college tuition by 25 percent all without raising taxes on working families and small businesses.

Bailey said the Senate proposal is clearly the better path forward when compared to the House majority’s plan, which would raise state spending by 15 percent and require a $1.5 billion in tax increases.

“Budgeting is a matter of setting priorities. Without raising taxes we have seen nearly a 9 percent increase in the state’s budget due to economic growth. The House has relied on volatile tax schemes that still short-changes our students by not making them a priority. Their proposal does nothing to ensure that funding education is a priority, just that they’d like more of Washingtonians hard-earned tax dollars,” said Bailey.

Bailey believes the people she serves in the 10th Legislative District will see the Senate budget as a better way to move the state forward: protecting vital services, family budgets and taxpayers.

“I represent the people in my district not the special interests that depend on continuous government growth. The Senate’s budget proposal is a victory for working families in our state because it reflects their priorities. Taxes should be our last resort especially with $3 billion more revenue as a result of economic growth.”

Budget negotiators need to reach agreement no later than Sunday, April 26 for the Legislature to conclude its 105-day session on schedule.