I was surprised to see The News Tribune’s editorial attack on Referendum 52 (10-10-14). Quite simply R-52 is guaranteed to save taxpayers money, create jobs now and improve education.
Extending the life of just 20 percent of public school buildings in the state would save the taxpayers $68 million in debt service needed on the replacement buildings, and reductions in energy costs could save taxpayers $130 million per year. Projects all across the state are ready to begin construction as soon as the funds are available, which means more jobs – an estimated 30,000- starting right now in the hard-hit construction industry.
Students and teachers cannot wait for these building improvements. Lead, mold, asbestos, poorly ventilated air and high levels of carbon dioxide plague Washington schools, contributing to chronic illness, respiratory disease, lethargy and lack of focus.
It’s time to vote for clean air, healthier schools, and the economy by approving R-52.