State of Washington Archives: on Budget & Economy


John Kasich: Balanced Budget Forever: promote constitutional amendment

In recent months, Kasich has been quietly making stops around the country to promote a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. The cause has for years animated Kasich, who formerly chaired the House Budget Committee during his nearly two decades in Congress. Balanced Budget Forever, a non-profit advocacy group founded by Kasich associates, is organizing Kasich's trip.
Source: Robert Costa in Wash. Post on 2016 Presidential hopefuls Feb 11, 2015

Rand Paul: Is the Fed too big to be audited?

[At an Iowa event], Paul is focused on reviving his father's political base, by attacking an institution that has long frustrated the libertarian right: the Federal Reserve. Before Paul took the stage, organizers played a video featuring archival clips of both Ron and Rand Paul delivering critiques of the central bank.

Minutes later, Paul, who last month introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, drew raucous applause when he warned its policies are undermining U.S. currency. "Anybody here want to audit the Fed?" Paul said. "Anybody feel that the Fed is out to get us? They're all over the TV! They're going to be out there saying, 'Oh, we can't audit the Fed.' What, are they too big to be audited? Too secret to be audited?"

[Remembering his father's campaign in Iowa], Paul said chuckling, "We used to have an 'end the Fed' dunk booth over there," pointing toward a nearby sidewalk. "People threw balls at Ben Bernanke in order to get someone in the tank."

Source: Robert Costa in Wash. Post on 2016 Presidential hopefuls Feb 7, 2015

Jay Inslee: New world economy is emerging from Great Recession

A new world economy is emerging from the depths of this recession. While its contours and relationships are not fully understood to us, we do know two things:
  1. With our uniquely powerful fusion of values and talents, Washington state has the potential to lead the next wave of world-changing innovations.
  2. The world will not wait for us. We face fierce and immediate global competition for the jobs of tomorrow.
Leading this next wave of growth is our opportunity, not our entitlement. We must move, swiftly and boldly, to put this recession behind us and bring forward a unique economic strategy that brings the best of Washington state to the world.
Source: 2013 Wash. State of the State Address Jan 16, 2013

Christine Gregoire: Eliminate and reduce programs to solve shortfall

The deficit was created when the state lost more than $1 billion in the last two revenue forecasts and costs continued to rise for mandatory services.

My supplemental budget takes the next step to solving the shortfall we now face. The cuts we have to take are just as painful as those in my budget for next biennium. I urge the members of the Legislature to take quick action on my proposal when they convene in January to prevent cuts from having to be even deeper.

Source: 2011 Wash. gubernatorial press release #1623 Dec 17, 2010

Christine Gregoire: Now is not the time to raise taxes

Our state is not immune to budget gaps and our revenue--largely reliant on a sales tax--is down significantly, resulting in the largest budget gap in state history.

The proposed budget will close the projected shortfall without raising taxes.

Now is not the time to be raising taxes on our residents and businesses. The state must squeeze every ounce of value from each taxpayer dollar while maintaining our priorities of protecting families and children the best we can.

Source: 2008 Wash. gubernatorial press release #1068 Dec 18, 2008

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