New chair of Economic and Revenue Forecast Council issues statement

'Let's get busy; let's get Washington working again; and let's get our budget finalized within the 105-day regular session,' says Orcutt

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama and new chair of the state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, issued the following statement today after the council issued its updated revenue forecast:

“Today's forecast further exemplifies the absolute need to get Washington working again.  I am concerned about what the further decline in state revenues means to hardworking families in this state.  In my view, the sooner we resolve our citizens' revenue situation with more and better jobs available, the sooner we'll resolve our state's revenue situation.

“While today's forecast increases both the current and next biennial budget shortfalls, we've known about the vast majority of this for months.  Let me say that again to be very clear: Legislators have known about $4.6 billion of our 2011-13 budget shortfall since last November, yet have failed to produce a sustainable budget based on that knowledge.

“We need to act on this information and we need to act now.  The sooner we resolve both our projected shortfalls, the better.  We need to address our state's budget shortfalls quickly, within the 105-day regular session, and do it within existing revenues.  Waiting around politicking doesn't get people back to work and doesn't give our employers the certainty they need to start hiring again.

“Let's get busy; let's get Washington working again; and let's get our budget finalized within the 105-day regular session.”

For more information, contact Brendon Wold, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7698

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