Executive Constantine: King county's budget reflects our values

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

King county executive Dow Constantine
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement after the King County Council passed a $15.8 billion biennial budget that adopts major investments in his priority areas focused on:
  • battling the climate crisis and 
  • restoring our environment, 
  • ensuring every person has a home, 
  • building a community where every person is safe, and 
  • uprooting racism and racial disparities:

“This budget is a map of King County’s values – prioritizing investments in our environment, in prosperity, and in communities and populations farthest from opportunity, access, and justice – to make ours a welcoming community where every person can thrive.

“Thanks is due to the King County Council, and especially Budget Chair Joe McDermott, for thoughtful deliberation these past eight weeks since I delivered my proposed two-year budget. I also want to thank and acknowledge all the community members who participated in the budget process to have their voices heard.

“This budget allows us to not only continue transforming the way government operates, to solve problems, and to deliver services to all our residents, but also to show the way for others, regionally and nationally – whether improving quality of life, working for a just society, or ensuring the survival of our planet.

“The collaborative process led by Council Budget Chair McDermott, Council Chair Balducci and others showcases that, together, we can take on the extraordinary challenges of this time and build the future our children deserve.”


Anonymous,  November 17, 2022 at 7:21 AM  

Dow uses the word 'WE' as if all of King County has agreed to this budget plan. King County plans to fund this with a tax increase on already tax stressed residents. Yes, we need to address the homeless issue, the drug issue, as well as many other issues in King County. However, King County voters this budget plan doesn't represent the wants of King County voters...public safety is at the top of our list and Dow has made it clear that active and effective crime prevention is not a priority for him.

Anonymous,  November 17, 2022 at 8:29 AM  

There is no climate crisis. King County wants to propose a carbon tax that would increase the cost of energy. CO2 is not the devil as it has very little to do with global temperatures. Water vapor and sun activity control the Earth's climate.

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