From Joe Turner’s Political Buzz, here’s a nice list of the tax increases that the Washington State Legislature is considering.
Posts Tagged ‘Budget’
Posted by Liberty on March 2, 2009
“For all of his lavish new spending plans, President Obama is making one major exception: defense. His fiscal 2010 budget telegraphs that Pentagon spending is going to be under pressure in the years going forward.”
Hope and change = same old Democrat policies.
Posted by Liberty on February 24, 2009
If this bill makes it through the Senate and is signed by the Governor, it will be illegal in Washington State to lie in the course of a campaign for public office. My first thought was, “Couldn’t they make this retroactive and nail Queen Christine for the lies she told about the state budget?” But the real focus of this law appears to be lies about a candidate’s opponent.
“The bill, passed out of the House on a 92-2 vote, seeks to reinstate an old law that was thrown out on free speech grounds by the state Supreme Court in 2007. The court said the state’s former ban on lying in campaigns violated the First Amendment because it did not require proof that campaign falsehoods were defamatory.
Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, said this year’s attempt at reinstating the ban on campaign lies addresses the court’s problems with the old law. Specifically, the bill approved Monday would prohibit false statements that are libelous or defamatory, and committed with actual malice – a key legal test in free speech case law.”
The City of Seattle doesn’t plow snowy roads–is it so they can afford salary hikes for pencil pushers?
Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008
From Crosscut & Kent Kammerer this morning:
“We are now experiencing the full impact of WaMu layoffs and downsizing of hundreds of other Seattle area employers. While local businesses and the public are feeling the pinch, Seattle decision makers seem much less concerned.
Consider that the City just passed an increase in spending. Seattle’s budget for 2009, will be $3.9 billion. The general fund, which pays for most City functions, is $910 million, up 1.6 percent from 2007, and is projected to rise to $925 million in 2010. To fund the increase, the City will raise parking fees, raise the garbage rates 42 percent and water rates by 38 percent to help pay for the increase in spending. At the same time, it will reduce city revenues with property tax deferments to developers.
Mayor Greg Nickels also just announced that a Seattle top administrator needs a 37 percent pay raise to $302,000 per year. So, is spending on City employees getting out of hand, particularly in a time when many others are making salary sacrifices?”
Posted by Liberty on December 16, 2008
With the Washington State legislative session coming up in January and budget issues aplenty, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to what’s happening in Olympia. Washington Policy Center is a think-tank that centers on finding free market solutions to the problems our state is facing. They have a lot of their research posted on their website.
This week, on the WPC blog, Jason Mercier has compiled a list of ideas to help the state fix the budget. He took the suggestions submitted to Governor Gregoire [remember that? I blogged it on November 17] and compiled a master list of sorts. There are some terrific ideas on this list and thanks to Jason for sorting through the raw information to find them. I hope that Governor Gregoire will study these suggestions in earnest.
Posted by Liberty on December 4, 2008
“Gov. Chris Gregoire says Washington state needs at least $600 million in federal money for short-term road and bridge projects to help kickstart the state’s struggling economy.”
Wait a minute…didn’t she say during her campaign that this Washington’s economy is strong and that the budget is balanced?
Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008
After letting my thoughts on the Washington State budget crisis gel for awhile, I decided it was about time to e-mail my ideas to Governor Gregoire. Here is what I sent:
In light of the looming budget deficit, here are some ideas for saving money.
*Make sure only people who are legal US citizens and Washington State residents receive state benefits.
*Provide services and documents in English, not 15 different languages.
*Remove the requirement that road projects include art.
*Auction the sculpted salmon currently over I-90.
*Remove state mandates on health insurance so that health insurance would be more affordable, thus reducing the need for state coverage. People are smart enough to purchase plans that cover what they want–they don’t need the legislature to tell them that their plans have to cover mental health, accupuncture, birth control, etc.
*Get rid of the poet laureate program.
*Streamline adoption–make it faster, less expensive and easier–to get kids out of state care.
*Continue with performance audits so we will find out where waste and abuse are occurring.
*Renegotiate gaming contracts with Indian tribes to include revenue sharing with the state.
*Pay teachers based on merit, not the number of degrees they have or their tenure.
*Disband public employee unions, including the WEA.
*Eliminate ethnic commissions such as Washington Commission on African American Affairs. Such commissions are really unnecessary and the services they provide are probably redundant.
*Focus on easing the burden for the taxpayers, rather than providing more redistributionist programs. Give people back more of their own money.
*Keep your promise not to institute a state income tax. It will stifle growth, punish productivity and give already over-taxed people one more reason to get the hell out of Washington!
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Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008
Some interesting ideas in the article and comments. Will the State of Washington (or municipalities) ever make meaningful cuts? Probably not.
Posted by Liberty on November 20, 2008
“‘We knew it was going to be awful. But it was more horrible than we were talking about,’ said Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Margarita Prentice, D-Renton.”
Margarita, it’s been primarily your party that’s been spending millions and millions of the people’s money. How can you be surprised–don’t you remember all of the spending increases that have happened lately? According to this Seattle Times story,
“State spending has increased by $8 billion since Gregoire was elected governor in 2004. Half of that money, around $4 billion, was spent on public schools and higher education. The current two-year general-fund budget is $33.6 billion.”
Also, Washington Votes.org has 852 laws archived between 01/01/07 and 11/20/08. I clicked through quite a few pages of these laws and they were all marked as passed and signed. Our wallets would be a lot safer if the first thing that Washington State furloughed was the legislature. Also, Washington Republicans, I don’t see that there was a lot of conscientious opposition to many of these bills. Even though you are severely outnumbered, we still need you to attempt to hold the line on spending, redistribution of wealth and the loss of our liberties.
Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008
“Like the rest of the country—indeed the world—we are in the midst of an economic slowdown. State government is going to have to sacrifice and make hard choices just like Washington families. But families know, and we know, that tough people always outlast tough times, and together we will emerge stronger from the challenge.” Governor Chris Gregoire
First of all, let me be really clear. I thought that the best way for the State of Washington to fix its budget problem was to elect a Conservative like Dino Rossi. Since that’s off the table, the next best option is going to be participating in the Governor’s outreach attempt here and letting her know what you think about how the State of Washington spends your money. If you have ideas for the Governor, you can submit them through the magic of the internet here: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp#startform.
And…through the magic of the internet, your free-market, low-taxes, personal responsibility solutions will be magically translated into something like this:
“Dear Governor Gregiore, the economy is so bad, we can’t make it on our own. Please raise taxes and give us free health care, free child care, free food, free public transportation, free housing…”
But, it’s worth a shot. Even in a deep blue liberal stronghold like Washington, Conservatives need to speak up, just on the off chance that we can change even one person’s perspective.
Posted by Liberty on November 11, 2008
Washington State is faced with a budget shortfall that is over 2 billion dollars, thanks largely to the spending spree that Christine Gregoire went on in her first term as governor. Washington is one of the most taxed states in the union (no surprise there since it has been under liberal control for the better part of 30 years or more) but it never seems to be enough. Even with punitive tax rates on business, a 37.5 cent per gallon gasoline tax and the looming threat of a state income tax, it will not be enough. But we’ve made necessary “investments” in education, health care and transportation, right? Right?
Come to find out, there are a few more specifics out about the governor’s spending…I mean, stimulus plan.
“The immediate stimulus package is made up of:
So…if you’re not a salmon fisherman and you aren’t going out of your way to seek a government handout, forget about you. If you think that paying your mortgage and keeping your family warm are your responsibility, guess what? You’re paying for your own needs and everyone else’s, too.