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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Our robust, healthy economy has netted more than $2.8 billion in additional state revenue dollars. With all this extra money coming in, it seems impossible Democrats could ask hardworking taxpayers for more. And yet, that's exactly what they're doing.

Despite record amounts of unexpected revenue, House Democrats are demanding more than $4.2 billion of additional taxes over the next four years. These new taxes include a constitutionally questionable capital gains income tax, higher business and occupation (B&O) taxes, a new graduated real estate excise tax (REET), and the elimination or modification of some tax preferences.

Click below to watch my recent video update on the House Democrats proposed tax increases.

To give you some context on the rate of the state's spending growth over the years: for the 2013-15 biennium state spending was $30.9 billion. The House Democrats operating budget proposal now stands at $56.9 billion—a more than 70% increase in state spending since 2013.

House Democrats call this proposal the “Putting People First” budget. Maybe they forgot most “people” don't get to outspend their budget and then ask for more. In fact, most people learn to live within their means. So should state government. The irresponsible spending outlined in the House Democrats 2019-21 operating budget, at a time when many economists are predicting a downturn in our nation's economy, is irresponsible—and frankly, unsustainable.

The House Democrats proposal:

  • increases the operating budget by $8.6 billion
  • increases state taxes by $4.2 billion over four years
  • more than 19.4 percent increase in spending since the previous biennium (2017-19) and a 70 percent increase since 2013.

During floor debate, House Republicans fought hard to curb state spending. We pointed out that we have more than enough money already to fund all our of state's priorities including funding affordable housing, fixing the governor's broken mental health care system, as well as providing funding for K-12 education, state parks, public lands, and many other programs. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the bill passed on a 56-38 vote.

The fight is far from over. Senate Democrats have also released their slightly smaller $52.2 billion operating budget proposal. Both plans require new taxes, with more than half the state's budget funding K-12 education, and both include a capital gains income tax. Over the next month, the two proposals will need to be reconciled through negotiations in the House and Senate.

Thank you!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments about the proposed operating budgets discussed in this update—or other state government-related matters. I'm always glad to hear from you!

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia!


Chris Corry

State Representative Chris Corry, 14th Legislative District
410 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
360-786-7810 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000