One consequence of the shaky Democrat economic recovery underway is the inability of liberals like Jay Inslee to automatically raise the pay for members of the unions which invested millions in his election. At least, that’s the upshot from the revenue forecast released yesterday, which indicates that revenue growth isn’t robust enough to grant an automatic pay raise to state employees.
But fear not, Inslee remains committed to raising taxes to pay off his supporters. In the same press release announcing the slow revenue growth, his budget director assured the public union bosses that “Inslee has made it clear he intends to address a growing backlog of compensation issues.”
The head of the state employees union noted that Inslee has been taking care of the “compensation issues” impacting his closest advisors and makes the natural assumption that the trickle-down theory will take affect soon:
“Given the fact that a number of the governor’s cabinet members have received pay increases in recent months, I think there should be a commitment to look at raises for our members, too.”
Put up the signs now: Danger – higher taxes ahead.