Inslee’s pushing HUGE tax hikes, despite repeatedly promising to veto tax increases
Inslee’s spokesman sat down with reporters yesterday, telling them that the Governor will be proposing MASSIVE tax hikes next week.
This is what’s called a “dog barks” story because it’s so predictable and un-newsworthy. “DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR PROPOSES MASSIVE TAX INCREASES” is a headline we’ve read for decades:
* Candidate Mike Lowry promised “taxes only as a last resort” and proposes higher taxes on his first day.
* Gregoire in 2004 said “now is not the time to raise taxes” and radically increased taxes in the 2005 legislative session.
* Gregoire in 2008 said “I’m not going to be raising taxes” and then took away the 2/3 protection and raised taxes $6.7 billion.
* Candidate Inslee in 2012: “I would veto anything that heads the wrong direction and the wrong direction is new taxes in the state of Washington” but within 24 hours of becoming Governor, he reneged and proposed $1.2 billion in tax hikes by making some temporary taxes permanent.
* And now there’s Inslee’s new tax package for the 2015 session: when OFM finishes its’ 10 year cost projection, it’ll show $5 billion in higher taxes.
This pattern of deception is maddening. But Democrats’ taxing dishonesty certainly contributed to their overwhelming losses in this year’s election.
Republicans in the state house and state senate refused to go along with Inslee’s plan to extend those temporary taxes … and the voters rewarded them for it. They gained public support and picked up seats BY NOT following Inslee’s lead on raising taxes.
Inslee’s $5 billion tax package should be a complete non-starter with Republican legislators. Even Democrats (those representing districts outside Seattle) should also be very wary. Jumping on Inslee’s tax-hiking bandwagon is not good for your political health.
The 2015 session in Olympia is gonna be a knock-down, drag-out fight.
We’re gearing up for next year — we need your help to succeed.