November 17, 2011

Latest revenue forecast: deficit no worse.

The latest state revenue forecast released today (Nov. 17) was not much worse than the September forecast. The deficit problem remains about $2 billion. That deficit is what’s bringing legislators back to town for an extraordinary special session starting Nov. 28.

And as you know, that will bring the forces against corporate greed in unison with the Federation and others who for 10 years have been calling for a cut to billions in tax breaks to save public safety, public services and higher education.

In today’s revenue forecast, you can’t help but notice evidence that critics of state government – those who want to contract out, lay off and cut your pay and benefits – are cutting their noses off to spite their face.

The Washington economy gained only 500 new jobs since September – the loss of 5,100 public-sector jobs almost negates the addition of 5,600 private-sector jobs.

A job is a job is a job and continuing to attack public jobs is not a recipe to recover our economy. 

We're 11 days away from the special session.

Call 1-800-562-6000 or take action online at

Tell your legislators to cut tax breaks to raise revenue. Save public safety, public services and higher education.

The choice is clear.
  • Legislators can yield to the wealthiest 1 percent and cut public safety, public services and higher education; OR
  • They can stand with the 99 percent – the rest of us – and take the vote to cut billions in tax breaks to raise revenue. We need to create jobs, save the middle class and restore our economy. You can see a series of possible tax breaks that could be closed to cover the $2 billion deficit. 
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