Rep. Dan Griffey votes ‘yes’ on bipartisan operating budget

The Washington State House and Senate approved a $38 billion operating budget one day before the end of the state's two-year budget cycle. Thirty-fifth District State Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, voted in favor of the two-year budget and issued the following statement:

“The 2015-17 operating budget, while not perfect, is a great step forward for our state. It meets the state's four-year balanced budget requirement, makes historic investments in K-12 education, funds teacher COLAs, reduces class sizes, cuts tuition, and increases mental health capacity – all without raising new taxes. The fact the final budget does not include a capital gains tax, a carbon tax, a business and occupation tax, or any major tax increases is a huge win for the taxpayers of Washington state. I am proud of the strong leadership displayed by the Republicans in the Senate and our Republican leadership team in the House. This is a good, sustainable budget that reflects our priorities and principles. I was pleased to cast a 'yes' vote.”

The budget measure, Senate Bill 6052, passed the House, 90-8, and the Senate, 38-10. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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