Rep. Jesse Young votes ‘no’ on House budget

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Rep. Jesse Young votes ‘no’ on House budget

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, voted against the budget proposed by House Democrats today. The plan, which passed by a vote of 51-47, raises spending from $33.8 billion in the 2013-15 biennium to $38.9 billion for 2015-17 and relies on $1.5 billion in new and increased taxes in order to balance.Rep. Jesse Young on the House floor

“This budget will hurt our recovering economy and is not in the best fiscal interest of Washington state and the 26th District,” said Young. “The budget proposed by the House Democratic party increases spending by nearly 15 percent over the current biennium. Further, this budget does not balance without raising taxes on the hard-working people of Washington state. Given a $3 billion increase in revenue for the 2015-17 budget cycle, I believe we have the means, and a duty, to pass a responsible, sustainable, and balanced budget without relying on tax increases.”

After passage of the Senate budget proposal, negotiations will begin on a final budget.

“I am hopeful that through the legislative process, we can negotiate and pass a budget that balances without raising taxes,” Young said. “Like the majority of people in the 26th District, I believe it is time for government to prioritize spending and live within its means. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass a budget that respects taxpayers, doesn't shackle our kids with more debt, and adjourns on time.”

The 2015 regular session is scheduled to adjourn on April 26.


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