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BUDGET: State lawmakers must increase revenue

Letter by Sheryl Wood, Tacoma on Dec. 29, 2011 at 9:46 am | 32 Comments »
December 29, 2011 10:02 am

I am increasingly concerned that our legislators are out of touch with the will of voters. For years they have balanced the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable with their all-cuts budget approach.

During our second special session of the year they once again cut programs to solve the deficit. When they come back in early January they will have an even bigger hole to fill. We need to increase revenue to keep critical services for the needy.

Not only are some legislators seemingly incapable of supporting increased revenue, they are trying to repeal an initiative voters have twice passed with a wide majority. Initiative 1163 protects our most vulnerable citizens and keeps seniors and people with disabilities in their homes – saving the state millions.

We need lawmakers to take a balanced approach to solving the budget problem that includes increasing revenue.

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