Opportunity Washington 2019 Legislative Survey
1. For the 2019 Washington state legislative session, what issues are you watching most closely? (Check all that apply)
K-12 education funding
Higher education funding
Transportation and infrastructure
Social services funding
2. What is your first reaction to Gov. Inslee's proposed $54.6 billion budget and dual tax increases?
The 105-day odd-year legislative session is often called the "budget session," because the major legislative responsibility is drafting the two-year state budget. Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee introduced his preferred budget. His proposed $54.6 billion budget represents a 22.3 percent increase in spending from current levels. To fund the increased spending, the governor proposes several tax increases, including a 9 percent capital gains tax and a 67 percent increase in the B&O tax rate on service businesses (from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent).
No tax increase - the state should live within its means.
We need to increase state spending, even if it means some tax increase, but 22.3 percent is too high.
I'm with the governor. The capital gains tax makes sense. And so do the spending increases.
3. How would you describe the current state of Washington's economy?
4. Where do you see the state economy heading in 2019?
It will get much stronger: more jobs, higher wages, more stability
It will continue to grow, but at a slower pace, with more ups and downs
I don't see it changing much
Washington's economy peaked in 2018 and will see a slight downturn in employment and investment.
It's going to get worse faster than anyone is predicting - a recession is coming.
5. How closely do you follow the Legislature and state politics?
Not much at all
6. In what part of the state do you live?
Rural Puget Sound region
Metropolitan Puget Sound region
Northwest Washington/Olympic Peninsula
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