NEWS: Pike statement on 2013-15 operating budget
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Pike statement on 2013-15 operating budget
Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, offered the following statement after voting in opposition to the 2013-15 operating budget:
“I voted 'no' on this budget because it balances on the backs of local government. If it did not wipe out the Public Works Assistance Account, erode local governments' fair share of liquor taxes, expand Medicaid to implement the Affordable Care Act, or rely on $2.3 billion of federal money, it would have been a lot easier for me to vote yes.
“However, there are positive aspects in this budget and I certainly appreciate the fact that for the first time in more than a decade, many conservative principles were included in the final package. This is likely due to the Majority Coalition Caucus having an important seat at the budget negotiating table. I am also pleased this budget continues to protect the state's most vulnerable populations, and with the exception of two mandated court actions, this budget does not raise taxes.
“Overall, this budget is a win for Washington taxpayers. I support the fact that it adds $1 billion to K-12 public education, invests an additional $36 million in college grants for low-income students and holds the line on college tuition rates for the first time in 27 years.”
###Washington State House Republican Communications