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BUDGET: Thanks a lot, Gregoire voters

Letter by Francis G. Bergford, Tacoma on Nov. 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | 91 Comments »
November 1, 2011 4:56 pm

For all of you that voted for Chris Gregoire, I blame you for this $2 billion deficit we as a state are facing. In 2004, our state budget was close to $23.2 billion. Fast forward to 2009 and our state budget was $35 billion.

Seriously people, quit voting party lines and actually do some research on the candidates. No, we don’t need to raise taxes. What we need is people in office who are fiscally responsible and know how to balance a budget.

There were whistle blowers saying that this budget was irresponsible and that we would face a deficit problem in the near future. Look at where we are now. In 2005, state Rep. Doug Erickson stated, “This budget lacks sound fiscal principles and is unsustainable. It increases state spending by over 12 percent, which would be the largest increase in the state budget in 14 years. By conservative estimates, this budget sets us up for at least a $1 billion shortfall next biennium. This is a dangerous path.”

We are not victims of economic downturns. We are victims of a one-party system the last seven years.

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