The State of Washington is currently facing a budget deficit of nearly $4.5 billion dollars. This shortfall is primarily due to the economic downturn but is also contributed to the significant over spending by the current democratic controlled Legislature and Governor.
Ensuring adequate projected funding is available to invest in specific projects prior to committing funding is crucial. In addition, it is imperative the "rainy day" fund be replenished for that purpose only; an economic downturn and not for new programs or to fund overspending. Historically, revenues are cyclic and implementing new programs in high revenue years will not only create a burden or loss of funding for those programs in years with fewer revenues, it is fiscally irresponsible. I am a fiscal conservative and will use your tax dollars cautiously.