Lawmaker asks residents to list budget priorities

March 22, 2011

By Staff

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.

Glenn Anderson

“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.

Get involved

Complete a brief state budget survey from state Rep. Glenn Anderson at www.surveymonkey.com/s/9YLXP2T.

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2 Responses to “Lawmaker asks residents to list budget priorities”

  1. bryanw on March 25th, 2011 7:39 am

    Washington State has been having budget problems for years. The lack of a consistent stream of revenues, one that is not completely dependent on the vagaries of economic growth, consumer purchasing trends, or which businesses want to or don’t want to locate in the Evergreen State persists in being one of the many problems that legislators face. The other is that for as much as our elected officials try to reign in spending, they keep on spending our money. I appreciate Mr. Anderson taking this step, although for me I suspect it is more than a day late, and many billions of dollars short.

  2. ED Dishart on April 1st, 2011 10:01 am

    The success principles clearly state that if you want to change direction and
    produce different results, you change leadership. It is time for Gregoire,Lisa Brown, Paula hammond and the rest of the democratic leaders to be voted out of Olympia. The results that they have produced in the last several years demostrate that they don’t have what it takes to lead this state to prosperity and good economic growth and fiscal responsibility and sound spending habits.
    1. All public employee’s,regardless of who they are shall be required to pay the same as private sector worker into their pension fund and their medical.
    2. All public employee’s hired after may 1, 2011. Shall be paid at the going rate private sector emplyee’s are paid at for the same work.
    3. The state needs to get out of the pension fund business, give it to the unions.
    Let them sink or swim on their own action, this way the state is not liable.
    4. Stop: trying to tax the people into the poor house so the democrat’s can buy votes. And stop the tolls and fee increases, this dose not help promote job
    growth or help increase revenue. The more you try to tax the people the more they will retrack their spending to meet basic needs, which reduces revenue.
    Then it comes to the point that they can no longer afford to live here, Then you will
    see business and jobs and then the people will move out of this state. Want to know what it will look then. Look at Detroit, they used to have all the big car companies, now they are gone with the jobs. When the business enviroment
    becomes to toxic with taxes, tolls and fees, business’s leave.
    5. The democrats don’t seem to understand this message with back to back billion dollar deficits. All they can think of is how they can tax, toll and increase fee’s. To keep they spending habits going. It hasn’t worked and it’s not going to work.
    6. Charter Schools and start to privatize education.
    7. Privatize more of the public work, and the jobs. cuts costs. And you pay only
    for what is needed at the time.
    8. Stop the light rail con job. It’s costing billions of dollars to build and it’s going to cost the taxpayers billions to operate and maintain. The taxpayers can not afford another multi-billion dollar debt load for a system that doesn’t collect enough revenue to pay for operating costs.
    9. The time of the free lunch for special interest groups is done. That does not mean that these programs are suspended or hibernated until the revenue stream increases again. Done.
    If the government in Olympia can not operate within the revenue stream that is being collected. THEN CUT GOVERNMENT, AND CUT SPENDING. If the leadership can not do that then it’s time to elect new leadership.
    The taxpayers are having to do that in their household budgets

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