I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to vote against any bill that would increase taxes or the size of the budget. The pledge created by Americans for Tax Reform reads in part: "I pledge that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes," if elected State Representative.
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Lowering taxes is the right direction for our state as our families face hard economic times.
I will also actively seek to reduce property taxes (including the business personal property tax). Many citizens I have spoken with in the 4th District are being taxed out of their homes. This is due in large part to the implementation of the Growth Management Act ("GMA") and artificial inflation of property values. I will address this hidden tax increase by working to repeal or overhaul the GMA. People should never be forced to give up the American Dream because they can no longer afford the burden of high property taxes.
The State of Washington is facing a $1.5+ Billion budget shortfall thanks to the Democrat majority. To compound the problem we will likely start 2011 with a $5 Billion dollar shortfall. We cannot continue on this cycle of massive government. There are myriad ways of cutting the cost of government, including but not limited to: reducing mid-level bureaucracy, making programs more efficient, and eliminating redundant reporting and paperwork. There is no question we have a spending problem, but we also lack priorities. Funding public safety, transportation, education (public education funding is required by the state constitution), and protecting the most vulnerable in society should be our priorities of government in Olympia.