Vick supports “voice of the people” operating budget

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Vick supports “voice of the people” operating budget

The long-awaited state operating budget was voted out of the House with 81 'yeas' tonight. Rep. Brandon Vick's vote was among twenty-seven Republican supporters. A conservative 'yes' on an operating budget is a rarity in Washington where they have had little influence in budget negotiations until this year.

“I have been involved in Washington State politics as a citizen for the last 10 years. In that time, I have witnessed many budgets. While this budget isn't perfect, there is no doubt in my mind that it's the best I have seen in a decade,” said Vick, R-Felida. “We worked hard to find a compromise, and were up against a critical deadline, so clearly there is still room for improvement. However, considering that Republicans are still outnumbered in the House, we have a liberal governor and only a one-vote majority in the Senate, we must consider today a real victory. I believe that today the people's voice was heard and I look forward to making progress in the years to come.”

Vick strongly opposed previous budget proposals that tried to extend or implement new business and occupation (B&O) taxes. Earlier in the session, House Democrats passed House Bill 2038 to increase taxes on small businesses by $905 million. However, Vick and fellow Republicans succeeded in eliminating that portion of the Democrat budget in the final version voted on tonight.

“By ensuring the B&O tax was not extended we have helped employers on main street, and directly addressed the issue of unemployment. This budget helps businesses thrive so we can get Washington back to work,” said Vick. “Not only did we avoid the previous tax pitfalls, we were able to fund education first, support college students by stopping tuition hikes unlike the recent history of double-digit increases, and we preserved support for our most vulnerable citizens.”

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