Wilcox votes against budget ‘rife with gimmicks’

Today, the House of Representatives passed a supplemental operating budget. Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, said the budget is balanced by pushing off much of the problem into the next budget and on to local governments.

“I have told my constituents from the beginning I would not support budget gimmicks, and this budget does just that,” Wilcox said. “It is dishonest to taxpayers to write a budget which delays funding to schools to the next budget, and simply shifts responsibility to local governments by allowing them to increase more taxes.”

Wilcox supported amendments Feb. 28 to restore funding to the most vulnerable, all of which were rejected by the majority party. In the House Ways and Means Committee, Wilcox voted in favor of the House Republicans’ proposal, which he helped craft.

“We showed that we can balance the budget by putting our top priorities first – education, the most vulnerable and public safety,” Wilcox said. “Not only that, our budget would be more sustainable, by leaving more dollars in reserves and making permanent changes to government programs to reduce spending. It is my hope the final budget as it is reconciled between the House and Senate will better reflect the core priorities of government.”

The budget now moves to the Senate for further consideration. The 60-day session is scheduled to adjourn March 8.


Washington State House Republican Communications