The Washington State Budget & Policy Center continues its all-out wonk assault on the senate Republicans' budget-by-coup. In this installment, the center looks at what Republicans are prioritizing over women and children.
Would you be shocked to learn that it's tax breaks for big business?
This lopsided budget begs the question—what are the priorities for Washington state?
- Provide food for 12,000 hungry kids ($14 million) OR provide preferential B&O tax rates for wholesalers of prescription drugs? ($14 million)
- Help parents find and keep jobs, access affordable child care, and afford housing ($200 million) OR give tax breaks to the aerospace industry and exempt microbreweries from the beer excise tax? ($197 million)
- Guarantee a high-quality education for our children ($40 million) OR grant a sales tax deferral for technology businesses? ($35.4 million)
- Keep women healthy during pregnancy, promote positive birth outcomes, and reduce the amount of unintended pregnancies ($6 million) OR provide restaurants a credit for taxes paid on soft drink syrup? ($8.3 million)