Doesn't State Law Already Require We Have a Balanced Budget?
Representative Gary Alexander (R-Olympia):
Alexander also said her budget was out of balance and reiterated his call for a balanced budget amendment to the state constitution.Many blast away at Governor Gregoire for saying during the 2008 campaign that the state didn't have a deficit, but she was technically correct: a projected deficit is not the same as a real deficit. Right now, the state doesn't have a deficit--there's a projected $2.6 billion dollar hole, which is the big kerfuffle of the season, but not an actual hole (see: California) yet.
“If the Legislature adopted her budget today, we’d be embracing the deficit spending so prevalent in Congress and in the federal government,” Alexander said. “This is exactly why our state needs a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. The temptation for continued deficit spending is too great for some to resist.