WASHINGTON STATE

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Statement by Rep. Hans Dunshee on the state revenue forecast

The new revenue forecast shows it’s a myth that we can grow our way out of the McCleary responsibility.

Our state is growing jobs faster than almost anywhere else in America. That’s not the problem.

The problem is a broken revenue system and a four-year budget law, which is a box packed with voodoo economics.

It’s wrong to pretend there isn’t $4 billion in school funding in the next two-year budget. That’s like writing a family budget while pretending you don’t have to pay the mortgage next month.

And now we know the four-year outlook is only as accurate as a coin flip.

We need to tell our citizens the truth about the state budget, and speak plainly about how to fund public schools for the 1 million kids counting on us.