March 23, 2005
Gregoire's unsustainable budget
Bob Williams has been reading the state budget for decades. He says Gregoire's proposed budget (released Monday) is "the worst he's ever seen."
Maybe it's because she wants to increase funding for her own office, Commissions on Horse Racing, African-American Affairs, Hispanic Affairs, Asian-American Affairs, and Minority and Women's Business, and decrease funding for the state auditor's office.
Or maybe it's because she wants to ignore voter-approved spending limits and raise taxes.
Get the details here.
Posted by Marsha Michaelis at March 23, 2005
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you got to admire the way she is sucking up to the Hispanic, Black and Asian communities...
nice touch, Gregoire.......very demorcat of you.....
2. This aint' gonna be even close in 2008, Rossi by a landslide...
This budget has to be one of the biggest piles of horse pucky that I have seen in a long time.
Increases for the Horse Racing Commission by 82 percent? What pray tell does the HRC do that is so wonderful and deserving a increase of 82 percent?
Way to make sure that there is no funding for performance audits, CG. Can't have those rascially State Auditors telling you what a crappy job you are doing.
Yeh her budget is a huge 11% increase over the last budget, and her department gets a major increase as well as almost every department in this state.
Gee I recall her website during the election, listing the taxes that Rossi had voted for, but that she had never ever raised taxes. Well that is no longer true my dear, you are now raising taxes and spending money like no one I have seen. Stealing more rights and killing more business than this state can stand. You and your fellow democraps will be reminded of every tax increase you do. I have never seen so much BS coming out of this session, more tax happy people then the dems in this legislature. Keep it up, you'll all be out of office next election! Go Rossi!
I never did have much faith in her ability to put together a budget that did anything except cater to leftwing special interests. Groan!
GREGOIRE: THE GRAY DAVIS OF WASHINGTON. SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE HER INTEREST.
6. Gregoire is acting like a lame duck. I think she knows that the odds are against her. The scary thing is the rush of laws that will make it to her desk if it looks like the election is voided.
I fear the "rush of laws" to her desk too...fortunately she & her ilk are too arrogant and in denial that this election is going to be voided. In addition, she faces huge obstacles in the Senate because there are more than a few responsible D's that won't go overboard politically for Gregoire. They don't care for her much. They care more about the future of the State.
8. Her budget would work better if all those who voted for her would pay their fair share!
9. I was surprised to hear that some Democrat constituencies are not pleased, either. The State PTA (many think it is just an offshoot of the WEA) is making sounds that they are unhappy. Unfortunately, it is because they don't see enough funding for their projects. But, they do recognize that the budget is poorly written.
All anyone has to do is check her track record at Ecology where she doubled staff in her short stint and then threw a fit when the legislature wouldn't give her more money.
It's deja vu all over again!!
You have the whole thing in a nutshell --
The people on this board should get better at writing their lede:
"Bob Williams, failed canidate for Govenor and head of the Evergreeen Freedom Foundation, a group so right wing that the GOP won't even follow their recomendations, has called Govenor Gregoire's budget the worse he has ever seen and unsustainable, the same thing he has said about every Democratic Budget in the nearly two decades he has been out of power. Mr. Williams was last seen muttering 'Dirty Commies, the will all see that it is they who are mad, not I.., dirty commies...' in the padded cell that the EFF keeps for all their management. Because of his constant string of failures, he is a frequent guess on right wing radio."
hmmm. seems like gregoire is following the lead of bush and his fellow republicans in washington d.c.
spend, spend, spend.......like they do in d.c.
14. Boy...after seeing Gregoire's budegt ideas...aren't we glad we elected Rossi...(doh!)
This is correct. In Gregoire's budget the increases ove the current biennium for the ethnic and minority commissions are as follows:
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs: 50.4%
Commission on Hispanic Affairs: 46.2%
Governor's Office on Indian Affairs: 45.9%
African-American Affairs Commission: 48.3%
Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises: 53.2% (Not General Fund money.)
The base budgets for the minority and ethnic commissions are all very small. For the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, for example, it is $393,000, supporting 1.8 full-time equivalent employees, in the current biennium. The reason for the extraordinary rates of increase for each of these agencies in her budget is a "performance change" item in each called "Address Disparity Issues." For the Comm. on Asian Pacific American Affairs, to continue with that as an example, "Address Disparity Issues" is $141,000 and 1.2 FTE staff. Here is the description of the item: "The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is responsible for articulating the unique health, educational, social and economic issues of the Asian and Pacific American communities and making recommendatons to the Governor, Legislature, and state agencies with respect to these issues. In 2005-07, a policy analyst will seek to improve the economic vitality of the Asian Pacific American community by increasing participation in state contracting opportunities and the state certification program for minority and women-owned businesses. This work will be done in collaboration with other ethnic commissions, the Office of the Governor, the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, and local economic vitality programs. In addition, the policy analyst will help coordinate a state convention on health care to address health disparities and will, in collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, address some challenges of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning for the Asian Pacific Islander communities and limited English proficient population." (Gregoire Proposed 2005-07 Budget, Recommendation Summaries, p. 25)
Your tax dollars at work, folks.
There's no need to listen to Bob Williams.
Let's listen to Christine.
From the Seattle Times:
"I don't like it," she said. "It's not sustainable. It's what's wrong with the budget in the state of Washington." She said she wants to work with lawmakers this year to work toward a "structurally sound, sustainable budget."
"This is not it."
And then followed up with this beauty:
"I think this is a great budget for Washington state. It is a legacy budget," Gregoire said.
So, there you have it.
In Gregoire's own words - "I don't like my structurally unsound, unsustainable budget. But it's a great budget, and it's my legacy."
I'm sure Karl Rove's behind this somehow.
If you would spend a little time studying the message rather than assaulting the credibility of the messenger, you might share some of William’s concerns regarding the sustainability of Gregoire’s budget proposal. Dr. Kriss Sjoblom of the Washington Research Council (WRC) certainly does. Sjoblom is a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors to which he was appointed by Governors' Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. He matriculated at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. (HARDLY A CONSERVATIVE PEDIGREE!)
According to Dr. Sjoblom “If lawmakers choose to rely on such narrow-based taxes to support the general fund, they will face a continuation of the recent pattern of shortfalls, program cuts and budget legerdemain.”
The WRC/WashACE brief released on March 21, 2005 concluded taxes on cigarettes, liquor, beer, wine, soda, candy, gum and gambling are not a sustainable solution to the state’s structural budget gap and would cost the state on the order of 3,000 jobs by 2010.
The study also finds that “sin” taxes, particularly tobacco and alcohol are regressive – they hit low income earners the hardest. WRC’s numbers show the difference is not insignificant.
Additionally, “sin” tax bases decline as the tax increases. Take tobacco, for example, where health messages and higher costs have led to a steady decrease in smoking. Furthermore, dodge the tax by purchasing at tribal smoke shops, crossing the border to neighboring states, or through Internet or mail order shopping. The higher the tax, the greater the incentive to evade it.
All of these impacts; reduced consumption, diverting purchases elsewhere, and the resulting increase in cost of living in our state – reduce employment.
The unavoidable sin tax paradox – seeking to raise money from behaviors the tax and society discourages – does not produce a sustainable revenue source or a sustainable budget. Just as Bob Williams said.
jimg is right. Karl Rove is behind the budget as well as CG. Don't you see it? Karl Rove knew that if Rossi won that it wouldn't create the coattails if the election was stolen from him. So he got ahold of Ron Simms and Dean Logan and gave them the marching orders. Now that CG was elected he can continue to destroy the democrats by convincing CG to come out with this budget so when the next election comes the Republicans will be elected in a landslide.
Remember anything bad that happens to Democrats means that Karl Rove is behind it!
19. The Wash.Horse racing commission derives no money from the governors budget.It is a self sustaining industry and gets no money from the general fund.This site has been misinformed and the EEF has been notified but does not seem to want to correct the misinformation it is sending out.