The Senate Majority Coalition’s budget proposal makes education the top priority and delivers tax relief and college affordability to families across Washington without raising taxes. The Senate majority released its 2015-17 state operating budget proposal Tuesday committed to capture savings and keep the state’s economy moving with more investments in education.
“Our state will have $3 billion more as a result of letting our economy grow. We are prioritizing the state’s resources and $3 billion is more than enough to make needed investments in education and mental health. Raising taxes should always be a last resort, not the first order of business,” said O’Ban.
O’Ban, R- Pierce County, notes the Senate’s 2015-17 spending proposal would put more money into funding education – at a 3 to 1 ratio with new money — add vital mental-health services, and cut college tuition by 25 percent–all without raising taxes on working families and small businesses.
O’Ban said the Senate proposal is clearly the best path forward when compared to the House majority’s plan, which would raise state spending by 15 percent and require a $1.5 billion in tax increases.
“I think the people of our state are tired of continuous out-of-control growth of government. Our state’s budget has grown by over 8 percent without new taxes and we should live within our means,” said O’Ban.
O’Ban believes the people he serves in the 28th Legislative District will see the Senate budget as a better way to move the state forward: protecting vital services, family budgets and taxpayers.
“The Senate is proposing a balanced budget that sticks to our priorities and we’ve led on a commitment to no new taxes. We are making necessary investments in our children, reforming and funding our mental health system and making best use of our citizens’ hard earned tax dollars.”
Budget negotiators need to reach agreement no later than Sunday, April 26 for the Legislature to conclude its 105-day session on schedule.