Even with gusher of revenue, Democrats won’t stop pushing for higher taxes

by | Jun 18, 2013

 It was announced today that there’s a gusher of revenue to help resolve the budget impasse in Olympia.  As the Spokesman Review reported, the state’s  revenue grew by $480 million in the last week:  the $231 million from the revenue forecast, nearly $90 million the state might not have to spend because of decreased demand for certain programs, and $160 million from a change in the estate tax that passed last week. 

      But the reaction from Democrats was to continue to push for higher taxes, proving once again that no amount of taxes will end their tax-hiking obsession.  

 
      In response to a revised forecast of state revenues, Senate leaders said they were OK finalizing a budget deal without policy overhauls that they had been seeking – so long as the House didn’t continue pushing for new revenue.  House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, however, suggested that the extra money coming in still wouldn’t provide enough resources in future years to fully fund the state’s education system.  So, while today’s forecast may get us closer to a go-home budget, we can’t pretend we’ve solved the long-term problem,” Sullivan said in a statement. 
 
      The Democrats’ answer is always higher taxes:  if times are bad, increase taxes; if times are good, increase taxes.  It is an obsession.
 
      As you know, our new initiative — LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2/3-FOR-TAXES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT — gives taxpayers the chance to reiterate their support for the 2/3. With our initiative, we’re going to let the voters decide on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment.  
 
      Our new initiative is, by far, the most powerful way we have to fight back against Olympia’s insatiable appetite for higher taxes.