Now that the slew of new taxes are beginning to take effect and many who don’t drink alcohol or soda, smoke tobacco, eat candy, buy bottled water, plan to open a small business or use any of the other multitude of things recently imposed with tax hikes breath a sigh of relief that they aren’t affected, get ready. You just might be next.
In order to pass off their “balancing act” in this year’s earlier special session, some $480-million in higher Medicaid payments from the federal government was included. It is now looking like the state might not receive that “Medicaid match money” after all since the house voted recently to eliminate the increased Medicaid match rate from a spending bill.
To make that a bit clearer, Gregoire and Washington State Democrats, along with sticking it to taxpayers, “were spending money they didn’t have in the hope that the money would be there,” says Seattle based talk radio host Dori Monson.
Dori rightfully notes, “The fact is – until our state dramatically reduces spending, this fiscal nightmare will not end,” just as many of us have.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review, addressing Gregoire’s acknowledgement of the possibility of not receiving the funds from the federal government quotes her as saying, “I think what the big hangup is, we’re in an election year and there’s all this talk about deficit spending, which is resonating.”
Yes, governor Gregoire, deficit spending is “resonating.” It has been all the time while you and the Democrats in Olympia sought every new tax you could, after gutting I-960’s tax requirements.
Rising taxes and deficit spending is “resonating” with taxpayers who have been facing double digit unemployment while small businesses also face increased taxes and fees.
We are tired and fed up with the out of control spending, lies about “cutting the budget” and “Cutting spending” when in reality the only thing you cut is the amount of a projected increase in spending.
As we saw in the last special session, Republican alternatives to raising so many taxes went ignored while Democrats sought only new taxes and increases in existing taxes.
Obviously it did not help as we still face a deficit and now, should Gregoire call a second special session, what do you think we will face, given the Democrats push to give us an income tax?
In justifying their inclusion of monies not yet passed by the federal government, Gregoire said, “it isn’t a partisan thing, because Republican governors and legislatures around the country also budgeted the money; some even allocated it to be spent for programs.”
Personally, I care little what any other governor did or why they did it. I don’t live in California and don’t even visit there. I live in Washington State and what happened here is what matters to me.
While a second special session is not a certainty just yet, the underlying reason why one might become necessary has been revealed and is clear that our last special session, which gave us a whole new slew of taxes that will be paid by lower income people, amounted to little more than a paper work shuffle.
Our state is rapidly headed for bankruptcy as long as Democrats continue in their bumbling of managing the state and our taxes.
We cannot manage our homes or business in such a reckless manner and remain viable.
Obviously, neither can the State of Washington.
I have no doubt that should a second session be called by governor Gregoire, budget cuts will be slight while even more items will become taxed.
This reinforces what I have been maintaining for a long time. Democrats MUST be turned out and stripped of any power in running the state and governor Gregoire should be recalled.
We cannot afford her misfeasance any longer.