Gov. Chris Gregoire has been preparing for a no-new-revenues budget, a deficit of $1.1 billion through June and a shortfall of potentially $5 billion more for the two years after that. But Gregoire’s all-cuts budget mantra is disputed by activist Jerry Reilly who cited polling this week.
Reilly, lobbyist for the Eldercare Alliance and part of a coalition trying to sustain funding for human services, said in an email that Elway Research added a few questions for his group in its recent polling. Elway found:
** “37 percent of voters do want an ‘all-cuts-no-tax’ budget.” ** “49 percent want an approach that includes both cuts AND revenues.