Radio Report: House Republican lawmakers say supplemental operating budget heavy on government spending without tax relief

Republicans opposing a supplemental operating budget that passed Saturday from the state House of Representatives say it boosts uncontrolled spending without tax relief. John Sattgast reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: House Republican Budget Leader Chris Corry of Yakima says the Democratic plan spends substantially more than making mid-course adjustments to the $70 billion operating budget passed last year.

CORRY: “We’re told this is a true supplemental budget. There is a variety of new policy programming and spending in here, out of two-point-two billion dollars. That’s a thousand percent increase over 10 years.”

SATTGAST: With state revenues up, Kennewick Representative April Connors says some of that money should have been returned to struggling Washington taxpayers for food, groceries, and housing.

CONNORS: “The state collected an extra three-point-three billion dollars over this four-year outlook. This is the people’s money we have collected. We owe the people to give some of their money back to them.”

SATTGAST: The bill passed 58 to 37 with Republicans voting no. It now goes to a House/Senate conference committee to work out details of a final plan that must be approved by both chambers before the Legislature adjourns March 7th.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol.


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