Vick, Hoff issue statement on Democrats’ lack of transparency with budget process

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CONTACT: Kent Livingston, Public Information Officer for Rep. Brandon Vick | 360-786-7031
Nick Jacob, Senior Public Information Officer for Rep. Larry Hoff | 360-786-5097

Vick, Hoff issue statement on Democrats’ lack of transparency with budget process

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats announced they had reached a deal on a new two-year state operating budget. Despite the Legislature being set to adjourn Sunday night, Republican lawmakers still have not seen the spending plan. Eighteenth District Republican Reps. Brandon Vick and Larry Hoff issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

“The process of developing the 2019-21 operating budget has been nothing short of irresponsible. Not only has the majority party shut Republicans out of negotiations, but they have decided to raise taxes without providing ample time for taxpayers to weigh in. That is deeply concerning for those of us in the minority.

“The majority's insistence on raising taxes, despite record revenues and a $3 billion surplus, is short-sighted and shows a complete lack of respect for the will of the people. Voters have rejected tax increases at the ballot box time and time again, yet majority party budget writers seem to have no interest in taking that into consideration. Instead, they are considering imposing a capital gains income tax, while also increasing property and B&O taxes. They are also considering turning the state's nonresident sales tax exemption into an annual remittance program, which would severely cripple small businesses and hurt our economy in Southwest Washington.

“Passing a budget with massive spending increases and billions in new taxes will hinder our state's future economic growth, hurt our competitiveness, and leave us vulnerable in the event of an economic downturn. This is the wrong direction for our state.”


Washington State House Republican Communications