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Leonard Gilroy, Director of Government Reform at Reason Foundation,
and adjunct scholar, Washington Policy Center
In his “Working Washington” report issued earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee proposes a range of new taxes to help increase funding for education and other state services, including Washington’s cash-strapped state parks system. Without an additional $23.7 million in new funding, the governor warns that “up to 60 state parks could be closed year round or seasonally.”
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, May, 2013
Governor Inslee has called a 30-day Special Session to begin on May 13th so that lawmakers can complete their unfinished work on the 2013-15 state budget. One of the major sticking points in ongoing budget negotiations is the House’s controversial decision to propose more than $1 billion in job killing tax increases.