Stop wasteful spending before raising our taxes

ElmaJanuary 5, 2014 

During his campaign, Gov. Jay Inslee indicated a tax increase is not needed; now he proposes a gas tax increase and a spending plan requiring more taxes. Why does Inslee not look for efficiencies in state spending rather than asking for higher taxes?

This wasteful spending consists of a duplication of effort and redundant agencies doing the same thing. The biggest budget item in state government is wages. Eliminating waste of taxpayers’ money would provide more revenue by reducing expenses. I asked Rep. Kathy Haigh to look into this, without success:

 • Six agencies, boards, commissions or departments develop policies related to health.

 • Three agencies, boards, commissions or departments develop policies related to gambling.

 • Six agencies, boards, commissions or departments develop policies related to affirmative action.

 • Fourteen agencies, boards, commissions or departments develop policies related to agriculture.

These are just a few examples of redundant and duplicative government spending. I am sure Inslee and Haigh would fix wasteful spending in their own personal budgets; why do they not fix the wasteful spending in the state budget?

Recently Inslee said we have a systemic taxation problem. What we have is a systemic governing problem which means politicians with no guts to reduce government spending by eliminating redundant agencies. The challenge is — can the left see beyond its political ideology? Clean up government spending before asking for more taxes.

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