[nfbwatlk] FW: Statement from Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 operating budget

Debby Phillips semisweetdebby at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 02:12:00 UTC 2015

Now let's see what the Senate does.  Have not seen anything about 
the Library at all, though.    Debby

 ---- Original Message ------
From: "DEBORAH E.  COOK" <debcook at uw.edu
Subject: FW: Statement from Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 
operating budget
Date sent: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:15:10 +0000

FYI on the budget process.

From: Durand, LouOma (DSB) [mailto:louoma.durand at dsb.wa.gov]
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 12:11 PM
To: DSB DL Executive Team
Subject: FW: Statement from Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 
operating budget

From: Smith, Jaime (GOV)
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 11:53 AM
To: Smith, Jaime (GOV)
Subject: Statement from Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 
operating budget
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March 27, 2015

Contact: Jaime Smith, Governor Inslee's Communications Office |  

Statement from Gov.  Jay Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 
operating budget

"The House today released a solid budget proposal.  While my 
staff is still reviewing the details, I am encouraged by its 
general framework.

"In many ways, the House budget mirrors the plan I unveiled in 
December.  Most importantly, it makes a bold commitment to 
education.  For example, in addition to taking a big step toward 
meeting our constitutional basic education obligations, the House 
makes a significant investment in early learning and freezes 
tuition at our colleges and universities.

"It is good news that the House recognized the need to give 
teachers and state employees a long-overdue cost-of-living raise.  
They have not received such a raise in seven years.

"The House budget also passes another important test: It is 
sustainable.  It includes important new revenue that will enable 
us to meet our education needs and obligations without needing to 
gut other vital services.  As with my budget, the House plan 
calls for a new capital gains tax that will ask our very 
wealthiest citizens to pay a slightly bigger share of state taxes 
- a small step toward fixing the most unfair state tax system in 
the nation.  And the House proposes closing a number of outdated 
tax breaks.

"It is disappointing that the House did not include revenue from 
a carbon charge in its budget.  But I appreciate House 
leadership's commitment to continue working on the carbon charge 
bill so it may be included in the revenue plan.  I will also keep 
working on it because putting a charge on polluters is a good way 
to fight carbon pollution and protect the health of 
Washingtonians as well as finance education, transportation and 
other pressing needs.

"On first review, I believe the House has produced a responsible, 
sustainable and fair budget that addresses most of our pressing 
needs.  I hope we will soon see a proposal from the Senate so 
substantive bipartisan negotiations can begin."

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