When I ran for the 8th Legislative District in 2008, the state budget deficit was nearly 3 billion dollars, and far past getting help from any rainy day fund. On April 13, 2010, the WA State Legislature passed a budget at the end of a special session. This budget eliminated money for many state programs, and Washingtonians were met with tax increases.
When I ran for office in 2008, the unemployment rate in WA State was less than 5%, now Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that the unemployment rate for May 2010 stands at a whopping 9.1%. We need to balance our state budget, continue to cut costs where possible, and not put the burden on our citizens and WA State businesses by furthering the load that they have to carry. What we need is greater fiscal responsibility in Olympia, and we will only get that with a fiscally conservative House of Representatives. Electing fiscally conservative candidates like myself across this great state will help to ensure we can get the job done, reign in excessive spending, and get back to a limited, constitutional government.