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LEGISLATURE: Inconsistency on issues

Letter by Steven Aksamit, Puyallup on May 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | 10 Comments »
May 2, 2011 3:09 pm

There are two issues that do not seem to be right to me.

• There are legislative districts that take in more money than they bring in, according to the state Office of Financial Management. Most of these districts are Republican districts.

For example, let’s take state Sen. Joseph Zarelli’s 18th Legislative District. OFM records show that one county in his district takes $1.47 and another takes $1.39 for every $1 they contribute to the state.

This is the same Zarelli who is asking state workers to take a 3 percent pay cut and extra furlough days to balance the budget. That is a tax on state workers.

Everyone should be sharing the burden; how would they feel about a 3 percent tax? These Republican districts need to live within their means so they may help balance the budget. These are the same Republicans who cry that wealth distribution is wrong.

• Voters rejected two ballot measures on privatizing liquor sales and the liquor warehouse. Yet I read comments from readers and also see from our elected officials that we should privatize the warehouse and maybe even the liquor stores.

These same elected officials and more than likely readers would have a cow if someone suggest not following the initiative on needing two-thirds votes of the Legislature to raise taxes.

Sometimes it is OK to not follow the voters and other times it is? Show some consistency, people.


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