Lawmaker asks residents to list budget priorities
March 22, 2011
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.
“We simply cannot continue this death spiral of poor decisions every time another hit to tax collections is announced,” Anderson wrote in a message to constituents March 18, a day after the dismal revenue forecast announcement. “It’s time for politicians to change their mindset from one of figuring out gimmicks that keep the status quo of overspending, over-promising and under-delivering to one of being proactive and realistic.”
The longtime lawmaker also heard from Issaquah residents March 12 about the budget shortfall at a town hall meeting in Issaquah.
“It’s time to get real about our state spending and the taxing structure that supports it,” Anderson continued in the message. “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.
Complete a brief state budget survey from state Rep. Glenn Anderson at www.surveymonkey.com/s/9YLXP2T.