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Statement from Rep. Barbara Bailey on governor’s state of the state addressJanuary 11th, 2012 at Wed, 11th, 2012 at 8:12 am by scottfrank
Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, released the statement below following the governor’s address:
“The governor delivered a good speech, but her themes were more aspirational and legacy-centric than based on addressing the problems facing families and employers today. With so many people out of work or fearful that they could lose their jobs, the governor is promoting new revenue packages and controversial social issues in a 60-day legislative session. She should share the same goals as the Legislature: to establish a sustainable budget that does not rely on new tax increases, and to reform state government in meaningful ways that help, and do not harm, the economy.
“If the Legislature focuses on big-ticket issues in this short legislative session, it will be to the detriment of its most important priorities – a responsible state spending plan, prioritizing state government and strengthening the economy. Our state needs to prove that it can get its fiscal house in order before it even considers some of the lofty ideas being proposed by the governor.
“If you look at her past state of the state addresses, you will see that the governor has said a lot of the same things over the years. Yet, our state still faces many of the same problems as the day she entered office. It just shows how Olympia is truly adverse to meaningful reforms and beholden to the status quo.”