Keep Washington Competitive, a coalition of business, labor, agriculture and trade organizations and leaders, had members respond today to new taxes proposed in Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2015 State of the State address to the Legislature.

“I agree with the governor that Washington state is at a crossroads and that we need policies that work for all,” said Larry Brown, a KWC board member as well as legislative and political director for Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “Labor needs assurance priorities in our state are in line with supporting workers as we preserve and increase the vital jobs in Washington related to exports.”

KWC board member Kris Johnson, president of Association of Washington Business, agreed that the state’s employers need a transportation network to get products to market in this trade-dependent state, and gets people to their jobs in a safe, efficient manner. 

“So we share the governor’s desire for progress on this issue,” Johnson said, “but as the governor and lawmakers embark on a new legislative session, it’s important they remember that despite some positive economic signs, the recovery is still fragile and it has not reached all parts of the state.”

“Now is not the time to abandon fiscal responsibility and adopt a tax-first approach to governing,” Johnson added.