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Squeezing Toothpaste Becomes Analogy For Washington Budget

Nov 20, 2014
Originally published on November 20, 2014 7:22 am

To raise taxes, or not raises taxes? That is the question. Washington Democrats have been hinting at yes. Republicans like Senate budget chair Andy Hill say it’s a last resort.

Hill started the toothpaste analogy.

“I’m the kind of guy who with toothpaste, I squeeze the tube as absolutely empty as I can get it and then I cut it open and scrape out the rest,” he said. “I think that’s the way I would approach budgeting this year.”

House budget chair Ross Hunter, a Democrat, grimaced.

“I think we’ve squeezed the tube pretty dry and I have not seen a practical solution to an entire budget that doesn’t involve some significant additional revenue,” he said.

Hill couldn’t resist a response.

“For the last four years I’ve heard that tube of toothpaste has been squeezed all it can be squeezed,” he said.

This is a debate we’ll be hearing some version of for many months to come.

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