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Armstrong Opposed TTC Bailout Bill

December 06, 2011

    The state House is moving ahead with a plan to pull a Wenatchee-area agency from

default and seize tax dollars if local jurisdictions fail to repay the dues.
    The 56-33

vote on Monday came after lawmakers approved an amendment that would require a public vote on any tax increases in

the local jurisdictions.
    Republican Rep. Mike Armstrong of Wenatchee says it will be

difficult for local officials to secure voter approval of the taxes, and he believes the terms of the rescue plan

are too onerous. Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter says the plan makes it clear to bond markets that officials will make

good on debts.
    State leaders have feared that the default would make it more difficult for

local governments in Washington to borrow money.