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LEGISLATURE: Capital budget supports local jobs

Letter by Dan Lincoln, Spanaway on April 5, 2011 at 11:00 am with 9 Comments »
April 5, 2011 12:22 pm

Our community will directly benefit from the proposed capital budget now under consideration in Olympia. It is important to Pierce County that we encourage our legislators to vote for this important capital investment plan which could bring more than $515 million in construction activity and up to 6,800 jobs to our communities.

Sewer and water district improvements throughout the county are on the line. Many projects have been delayed in the past. Not only are they important to our community health and safety, they represent a shot in the economic arm for Pierce County.

Two years ago, legislators raided the capital investment plan and construction trust funds to pay for general government services. That cost our state more than 19,000 jobs that could have been created through infrastructure investment. We can’t let that happen again.

As legislators struggle to meet balance our state’s budget, we need to remind them that a dollar spent on capital projects creates more economic activity and jobs than a dollar spent on general government. It will also generate a lot of additional local revenue as well.

Supporting the capital budget is one of the best investments our legislators can make for Pierce County.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. nokoolaide says:

    Why? Whats to stop them from stealing it again?

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    Many don’t know that when the state funds a project they are required to use union companies and the cost is 25% more. Even if a non union contractor wins the bid they have to pay the union wage so the tax payer saves nothing.

    Learn about Project Labor Agreements (PLA) and how they cost you money.


    State funded project are just the way the democrats pay back the unions for the campaign donations. Follow the money and you will see the corruption.

    WA State needs to be a right to work state. You are not forced to hire a union shop to build your deck but the state has to hire unions and pay 25% more for the same work.

  3. blakeshouse says:

    It all comes down to the state paying any and all unions for election support any way they can get away with

  4. fbergford says:

    Truth you said it all!

  5. So truthbuster is living up to his moniker. Busting the truth on yet another front. What is he/she/it, the assigned regressive astroturf lobbyist for TNT? Party line on every issue, links to dedicated one-side references…think for yourselves, people, and do a little research! For example:


    PLAs are good for Washington State too. If you don’t want people employing illegal immigrants, you should be for them; if you want your neighbors and friends to get a fair wage and decent hours, you should be for them; if you want the local economy to be healthy, you should be for them. These agreements sidestep union control of job bidding, and encourage a stable, efficient construction industry by militating against strikes, lockouts and other work slowdowns and stoppages.

    The arguments for PLAs are convincing, advanced by neutral parties (as opposed to the ABC, which is dedicated to the interests of the boss, that is, moneyed classes), and are supported by court decisions in their favor despite the heavy weight of money and resources deployed against them by wealthy individuals and corporations.

  6. fbergford says:

    The title should have been called “Capital Budgets support local union and construction jobs”.

    I am not in a union, and I do not do construction…so it would not benefit me

  7. Fberg –‘would not benefit me- don’t you use water or sewers?

  8. fberg q? Don’t you drive on streets or bridges either? You mean if a project doesn’t put dollars directly into YOUR pocket it has no merit?

    Truthbusterguy: your anti-union rants are getting as boring, boring, boring, as 3rdpig’s socialist democrat drivel. Come up with a new line to entertain us.

  9. fbergford says:

    xring – I have a septic system that works just fine! As I said before, I am not in a union and I do not do construction…so this would not benefit me. The letter writer does not mention any roads or bridges so I don’t know where you pulled that our of Olemag.

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