July 2, 2015
Dear Governor Inslee,
I have an important question for you: Who really governs this state – the elected Governor, or the powerful WEA union? Your answer could end the budget chaos created by Democrats yesterday.
The 2015 legislative session accomplished what was needed for the people of Washington State. Led by Senate Republicans, the bipartisan budget accomplished historic reductions in college tuition, spending priorities for K-12 education and early learning, reduced class sizes, and COLAs for our teachers for the first time in
6 years – all this, without increasing taxes on our citizens. This balanced
budget passed by wide margins in both chambers and you signed it late on June
30th, just in time to avert a government shutdown.
However, while our party is celebrating “job well done,” your party has a mess on its hands following the Senate Democrats’ early morning sabotage of the budget YOU signed. While our party accomplished college tuition reductions, your party has put
those historic reductions in jeopardy. While our party passed a balanced budget, your party unbalanced the budget. This outrageous mess is a result of your party’s fealty to the WEA!
Republicans delivered on their promises. As the 4th of July weekend nears, the Republicans rest assured that they have finished their job. Significantly, your party is not done yet. Republicans are known for fixing problems but we cannot fix your party! Now it’s in your hands to end your intra-party squabbles and bring this legislative session to a conclusion. Are you the leader of your party and the leader of this state or not? You are the Governor, and it is time for you to govern. We say sincerely… good luck.
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party