Monday, November 21, 2011

Statement from Speaker Chopp on Governor Gregoire's budget proposal

As we mentioned earlier, Governor Gregoire released her 2011 supplemental budget proposal today.  House Speaker Frank Chopp released this statement about that proposal:

“This recession has had an unprecedented impact on our state’s economy, and after three straight years of deep budget cuts, we have very few options left.  I understand just how difficult it was for the Governor to write this budget – we are facing the same bleak numbers in the Legislature. 

“I am very heartened that she included a revenue package in her proposal.  The service reductions and program eliminations that will result from cutting $2 billion more in the current biennium will be devastating for people in communities all over the state.  We owe it to our school children, to our citizens with disabilities, and, frankly, to the future of our state to have a discussion about alternatives.” 
To read this blog post in Spanish, click here.