In Olympia, Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address touched on climate change, mental health, saving orcas, education and affordable housing. However, as Republicans pointed out, the governor said nothing in the address about his three-point-seven-billion dollar tax increase plan to help pay for doing more. John Sattgast with Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.
SATTGAST: Representative Jacqueline Maycumber of Republic delivered the televised Republican response to the governor’s speech, saying Inslee wants more taxes, more spending and more bureaucracy to solve the state’s problems.
MAYCUMBER: “It seems this governor has forgotten the people – people like you and me – the ones working hard for every dollar that state government spends. We need to make sure he doesn’t forget those of us working in this Washington in his desire to go back to the other Washington.”
SATTGAST: Maycumber said legislative Republicans are willing to work across the aisle for strong families, affordable living and accountable government.
MAYCUMBER: “However, we will fight against efforts that we believe hurt the people and the communities we represent – including new major tax increases and other legislation that would add to the economic burdens of families and employers.”
SATTGAST: The 7th District Republican suggested that instead of more government, the Legislature should be focused on better. As Maycumber said, “a better way for a better Washington.” John Sattgast, Olympia.