But the budget deficit means bad things for everything else. Which is why John Spellman, Washington's last Republican Governor (1981-1985--he beat Jim McDermott in the 1980 election) says he would raise taxes if he were Governor right now. On a TV-W's "Inside Olympia", Spellman appeared with former House speaker Bill Polk and former minority leader Wayne Ehlers to discuss this year's budget shorfall and the shortfall they dealt with during the 1981-1982 session.
Said Spellman, "I'm not gonna give the Governor advice on raising taxes, I'm just saying you better consider it. And if I were there, I expect we would be planning on it." Video after the jump (the above quote appears at about 39:00, but the whole video deals with budget issues). (h/t Publicola):