They just don’t get it.
Wash. Senate Passes $890 Million Tax Package
After two days of contentious debate, the state Senate on Sunday approved a tax package that would raise $890 million over the next 16 months and is centered on a temporary three-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax increase.
The main measure passed on a 25-23 vote, with six Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against it. A bill to add an extra $1-per-pack cigarette tax, bringing the state an extra $86 million, passed on a 29-19 vote.
Once the House passes its proposed revenue plan, both chambers will go into final budget negotiations.
A buddy on Twitter who says he “leans left” had this to say earlier:
An extra dollar a pack for cigs!? Ugh maybe I WILL turn Republican. That’s bull****.”
And oh yeah, a state income tax is now being discussed as well.
So Washington Democrats have now repealed I-960 (required a 2/3’s vote from the public to raise taxes), voted to raise taxes, and are now seriously considering implementing a state income tax.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s speech to the mayors of New Jersey, do yourself a favor and watch it. No notes, no teleprompter, just straight talk from the heart. Here is a man who gets it.
Click the image below to watch:
– “Now, we are going to reduce spending at the state level. And we are going to continue to reduce it because we have no choice but to do so.”
– “There’s no time left. We have no room left to borrow. We have no room left to tax. So we merely have room left now, to do this. We are all reaching the edge of a cliff. And it reminds me a bit of that part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where the had a seminal decision to make. So what did they do? They held hands and they jumped off the cliff. We have to hold hands at every level of government, state county, municipal, school board. We have to hold hands and jump off the cliff.”
– “We are going to make the leap because that’s what people elected me to do. We are going to make the leap because it is the responsible thing to do. We are going to make the leap and we are going to do it together because that is what leadership demands for us. That is what the responsibility of the offices we hold requires of us.”
So Christie cuts spending while Christine Gregoire and the Dems in WA raise taxes.
And you know what? 52% of New Jerseyans approve of Christie’s actions thus far, while just 21% disapprove.
Meanwhile, Gregoire has had an approval rating in the mid-30s and a disapproval rating near 60% for months and months now.
So whaddya say, New Jerseyans? Can we share Gov. Christie for a bit? We could sure use him here.