SEATTLE – Governor Chris Gregoire says a very difficult road is ahead for the state of Washington after voters sent a strong message - they don't want more taxes.
The state income tax on the wealthy was defeated; I-1098 would have taxed individuals who make more than $200,000. Initiative 1107 has been approved. It ends the sales tax on candy, bottled water and soda. Initiative 1053 would re-instate the two-thirds majority vote for the legislature to raise or pass new taxes.
"I wish the voters had helped us out," Governor Gregoire said.
She says that the budget hole left behind is dismantling everything that's been done over the last six years. Gregoire worries that education and health care will now suffer cuts.
"I don't have a path forward to be honest with you. I am heart wrenched over the fact that we are cutting hospice care and children's health care and eduction," said Gregoire. "We are going to have to work together in a bi-partisan way if we are going to get some solution."
The Governor says based on the election results the state lost $270 million over the next two and a half years and anything that is a state funded program is potentially on the chopping block.