Issaquah legislator asks residents to rank budget priorities

March 19, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2011

Glenn Anderson

State Rep. Glenn Anderson is asking residents in Issaquah and elsewhere in the 5th Legislative District to rank budget priorities in a brief survey to gauge how the cash-strapped state should spend.

The legislator launched the survey after the chief state economist said the state is projected to collect almost $700 million less in taxes through 2013, increasing the budget gap to about $5.1 billion.

“It’s time to get real about our state spending and the taxing structure that supports it,” Anderson wrote in a message to constituents Friday. “Budget writers need to set priorities, the first of which should be our constitutional mandate to educate our children.”

Evergreen State residents could face increased fees on state lands, shrunken services from state agencies and larger class sizes in elementary school classrooms as legislators consider spending cuts and fee increases.

“Finally, we need to look at how we create private-sector jobs in Washington by addressing regulations, taxation and the ever-growing intrusion of government in private enterprise,” Anderson wrote in closing.

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