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GOVERNMENT: Waste is epidemic

Letter by Christopher Willis, Fox Island on June 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm | 15 Comments »
July 1, 2010 9:13 am

I’m more and more convinced that everyone in our state government has gone crazy.

The vice president for business and finance at Washington State University is paid $304,000 per year, plus a state pension of an additional $105,000 for a total of $409,000 per year (TNT, 6-29). For what, I ask? Why so much?

The state Department of Transportation wasted nearly $1 million on an offramp that was built in the wrong place on the new Nalley Valley viaduct. Question: How much is the DOT administrator paid who let this happen?

And the state employees union has filed a grievance because they don’t want to be furloughed three days per year. Why not just lay off 25 percent of them? That should make the union happy.

I think of this as I wait 30 minutes daily in a traffic tie-up because of an unwanted, unneccessary road construction project on Wollochet Drive on the road to Fox Island that is wasting additional millions.

There’s a recession and it looks to me that the only people not hurting are those who work for the government – which throws money around like it’s free.

Come November, let’s remind them who pays the bills. I’m mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore.

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