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By Mark Schoesler
Washington State Senator 

State Democrats can't resist higher spending


Last updated 4/6/2021 at 8:18am

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill 5092) was passed on April Fools’ Day. The sharp spending increase found in this budget can be viewed as a bad joke on Washington taxpayers.

Total spending in the Senate budget is $59.5 billion. It’s $7 billion more than the current budget, or equal to a 13% increase in spending. If the Senate plan is enacted, the operating budget will have grown by over $20 billion, or over 50%, in just six years. This is out-of-c...

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