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House GOP on budget-cutting plan

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm with 4 Comments »
January 18, 2011 5:06 pm

A key House Republican was muted today in his criticism of House Democrats’ budget-cutting proposal, but made it clear he prefers Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s plan to theirs.

Yes, that’s the Democratic governor, but GOP lawmakers have been embracing her austere budgets, and Rep. Gary Alexander credited her for balancing the budget in the current fiscal year and eliminating programs to prepare for the next two-year budget.

Today’s House bill doesn’t completely eliminate the current shortfall, and it ends fewer programs than the governor would.

“We can’t just continue to kick the hard decisions down the road,” said Alexander, ranking Republican on the budget committee.

Here’s his news release:

Alexander says early-action budget proposal needs substantial work

Published Tuesday, January 18 2011

Budget writers in the House of Representatives today unveiled the next step in closing the budget shortfall for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends June 30.

However, according to the budget leader for House Republicans, majority party budget writers have yet to embrace the changes needed to ensure a sustainable and balanced budget moving forward.

Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, and ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement:

“The idea behind early-action budget proposals is to help close the books on 2011 and position ourselves for a sustainable operating budget for the next two years; this does neither.

“The governor, in both her supplemental budget proposal and her 2011-13 operating budget proposal, showed the blueprint for how we get to a balanced, sustainable budget. That blueprint includes the elimination of programs that were created or increased during the previous years of unrestrained spending. If we know we’re going to have to make those decisions and eliminate those programs for the next operating budget, why not capture those savings now? We can’t just continue to kick the hard decisions down the road.

“I commend the majority party for the efforts they’ve made to this point. I know these are difficult times filled with difficult choices. But there is still substantial work that needs to be done in order for this effort to gain our support or to be considered ‘bipartisan’ in any way.”

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  1. hortonpeak says:

    Jordan, please explain the purpose of the beginning clause of the first sentence. Seems, to me Rep Alexander simply stated his opinion about the present process.

  2. Jordan Schrader says:


    Rep. Alexander said the proposal “needs substantial work,” rather than coming out in opposition to it. He even took pains in his statement “to commend the majority party.” It’s still criticism, but I would say it’s muted criticism.


  3. hortonpeak says:

    Well, Jordan, why did you not say that. Muted also means that one was not allowed to speak out, etc. So I guess you are criticizing Rep. Alexander for not being more forceful and being “opposed” to the proposal wholeheartedly. Keep stirring the pot Jordan and you may one day be a great “muckraker”. Cheers.

  4. @hortonpeak – I think you are a little over-the-top…

    After reading the release, it appears muted to me as well. Commending the party that put us all in this fiscal mess doesn’t make Rep. Alexander sound like he’s taking his marching orders from DeBolt and the rest of the Tea Party…

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