OLYMPIA – Senate Democratic leader Sharon Nelson released the statement below Tuesday following the announcement of the Senate Republican budget:

“What we saw today was straight out of the Trump playbook.

“Republicans unveiled a budget that protects the wealthiest at the expense of those who already are struggling for a seat at the table.

“College students, the elderly, poor children, working families, the disabled, the hungry, the homeless – Senate Republicans raid programs aimed at increasing access to college, breaking the cycle of poverty, preparing the youngest kids for success in school and helping working people make ends meet.

“Gutting these programs while supporting the largest property tax increase in state history is unnecessary, and simply put, is cold-blooded.

“Budgets are a statement of values. The Senate Republican budget is a statement of ideology – one that has no place in our Washington.”