Republican legislators react to revenue forecast, urge no new taxes

House and Senate Republican leaders met with reporters to discuss a “disappointing, but not surprising” state revenue forecast released this week by the Economic Revenue and Forecast Council, but stressed that despite a dip from record-high revenues, a tax increase is not required.

Republican legislators said the majority party’s operating budget proposals, expected within the next few days, should invest primarily in education, with particular attention to special education and measures to help students recover from pandemic-related learning loss. Lawmakers also said budget dollars should be set aside for tax relief and the state’s rainy day fund.

Speaking with the media were House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, and Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, as well as Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver.

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