Jay Inslee speaks with reporters in the lobby of the governor's office in early December. On the wall, left to right, are portraits of former Govs. Mike Lowry, Booth Gardner and John Spellman.
ALAN BERNER — The Seattle Times
Gov.-elect Jay Inslee, a Democrat, put out a brief statement about the two-year budget proposals that out-going Gov. Chris Gregoire announced this morning. The Gregoire plans include various tax increases or extensions of existing taxes, and Inslee campaigned on a no-new-taxes platform that did allow for closure of tax loopholes.
Here’s the statement from Inslee’s spokesman:
Statement from Governor-Elect Jay Inslee’s spokesman Sterling Clifford regarding Governor Gregoire’s proposed budget
“Governor Gregoire’s budget reflects the seriousness of the challenges ahead and Governor-Elect Inslee appreciates her thoughtful effort and determination to address Washington’s fiscal reality. In the upcoming legislative session, Governor-Elect Inslee will lay out his own budget priorities that reflect his vision for state government and his commitment to create a lasting economic recovery with secure jobs for Washington's middle-class.”
Our earlier post about Gregoire’s proposals is here.