Orcutt issues statement on today’s dire revenue forecast

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Orcutt issues statement on today’s dire revenue forecast

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council issued bleak news today regarding the state's future intake of taxpayer dollars.  According to Dr. Arun Raha, executive director of the council, the 2009-11 General Fund-State change is a decrease of $770 million from June.  The reduction in the revenue forecast results in a $520 million shortfall for the 2009-11 General Fund ending balance.

As a result, Gov. Christine Gregoire issued an executive order to state agencies asking for across-the-board cuts.

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama and member of the council and ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee, issued the following statement:

“In light of the recent revenue forecast, I believe it is imperative that the governor implements an immediate moratorium on all rulemaking activities by state agencies. This will allow us tangible and immediate budget savings, will provide regulatory certainty to our employers, and will enable our employers to be more productive by allowing them to keep their attention focused on their specific economic activities rather than constantly having to defend themselves against the barrage of rules being proposed by state agencies.

“Implementing across-the-board cuts, as the governor is suggesting, is too broad a directive; we need a much more surgical approach. The governor should be looking at every option and every administrative tool available to cut specific spending, rather than letting those decisions lie with agency directors. I don't have a lot of confidence that state agencies are going to cut expenditures in a way that protects the citizens and taxpayers of this state.”

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For more information, contact Brendon Wold, Senior Information Officer, at (253) 973-0505.

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