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BUDGET: Legislature doesn’t seem to have a clue

Letter by Willliam Hoffecker, Gig Harbor on Jan. 12, 2012 at 9:18 am with 27 Comments »
January 12, 2012 9:24 am

I have gotten completely frustrated with the Washington Legislature this past year. These people have no clue as to what priorities should be this legislative session.

I mean they put forth bills on banning plastic bags, gay marriage and who knows what’s next? Banning mole-killing again? I know they’re small, furry, blind creatures (moles not legislators), but they’re pests much like our Legislature has been the last year or so.

When will they (legislators not moles) start to buckle down and solve our budget problems, like funding education? Any legislator who feels plastic bags and gay marriage are more important subjects than solving our budget crisis ought not to be a legislator. Get a grip.

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  1. I just wish there were some rule in the state constitution that requires legislators to complete all fiscal/financial business in the Regular Session, before they go on to any non-budget related issues.

    And, if they are called back into a Special Session, they should not be paid their extra “per diem”, but instead they should be fined a certain amount per day for not doing their job in the Regular Session like they were supposed to.

  2. ManuelMartini says:

    If the legislature has to spend time arguing the definition of the word “marriage”, budgets will be impossible.

    Maybe someone needs to look in their own backyard

  3. I don’t know about others, but I don’t like looking in my own backyard. Too many mole-hills!

  4. alindasue says:

    muckibr said, “And, if they are called back into a Special Session, they should not be paid their extra “per diem”, but instead they should be fined a certain amount per day for not doing their job in the Regular Session like they were supposed to.”

    On that, you and I are definitely in agreement.

    I don’t feel that non-budget issues should necessarily all be put off until all budget issues are settled – its just not practical to the timing of some issues – and some issues that may not seem like budget issues actually are (like dealing with the plastic bag litter problem)… HOWEVER, they should be able to take care of both budget and non-budget issues during the regular session.

    Special sessions should only be used for emergencies. Spending too much time in partisan bickering and politicking and not doing the work during the regular session does not constitute an emergency.

  5. Okay alindasue, I will rescind my first point and go with your 3rd paragraph. (Common sense wins again, darnit!) But, and as you agree, my second point stands firm. If they need to go into Special Session, they should be fined!

  6. ReadNLearn says:

    Economy turned to s*** and it’s not getting better. No new industries, no new jobs, the Feds are writing bad checks unabated, and the Governor’s agenda is gay marriage?

    We are so utterly screwed…

  7. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    The Governor knows how to take care of moles. I bet you folks forgot about this one?

    Do as I say, not as I do.
    signed,
    The Queen

    http://www.theolympian.com/2010/02/03/1124383/illegal-mole-traps-pulled-from.html

  8. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The average pol in Oly would rather focus on social issues while ignoring the elephant in the room. They are cowards pandering to minority interests (moles, eco-nuts for example) for votes.

    Muck- your first post was spot on. Establish priorities (i.e. budget!) and set forcing functions.

  9. itwasntmethistime says:

    Obviously the economy is our biggest problem right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other day to day issues that need to be addressed. Their challenge is to get both done.

  10. alindasue says:

    itwasntmethistime said, “Their challenge is to get both done.”

    Exactly… and without having to go into expensive “special session” time to do it.

  11. took14theteam says:

    But as history has shown, they are not capable of doing both things at the same time.

    So I submit that they “work” on the “important” issues facing the state, like the budget hole that Christine and the Democrats created and fostered. Then they can work on the “feel” good fluff crap like re-defining Marriage…..

  12. alindasue says:

    took14theteam said, “But as history has shown, they are not capable of doing both things at the same time.”

    Then perhaps we need to work on putting people into our legislature who can.

    It used to be that a “special session” was actual special – that is, an exception, not a regular event. The last couple years, it’s been treated like a normal extension of the regular session – like the rock band that knows it’s going to get an “encore” because they deliberately cut the show off before performing their most popular songs.

    If they honestly need more time to conduct all the regular business, then perhaps they need to re-evaluate the number of “regular session” days they have to work to earn their salaries. A special session should only be used by truly special events such as emergencies (like a major disaster, death of the Governor, etc.).

  13. ManuelMartini says:

    How many votes were taken in the last legislature?

    Answer that, and you know that people like take14theteam are not only wrong, but part of the problem.

    When “feel good” things are time wasted at the federal level, the same people commend the House of Representatives. Oh say can you remember the US slogan being reinstated, as if it had gone way?

    More patisan politics as usual.

  14. ManuelMartini says:

    Budgets don’t create holes. Lack of revenue does.

  15. I would disagree that protecting American citizens rights falls into the category of ” “feel” good fluff crap like re-defining Marriage…..”

  16. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Set priorities. Social issues are wasting time and money. Pols readily kick budget issues down the road for years (look at Congress) while focusing on issues that only affect an extreme minority of citizens. If two guys cannot marry, life does not change very much. If a father of 3 is out of work for a year, life changes dramatically.

  17. BlaineCGarver says:

    Keep Moles…..Trap Legislature….See? I fixed it.

  18. ” If two guys cannot marry, life does not change very much. If a father of 3 is out of work for a year, life changes dramatically.”

    In some cases, the two situations could be equally important and difficult for the respective families to endure.

    I still go along with alindasue’s 3rd paragraph posted yesterday (12th) at 12:54 PM.

  19. ManuelMartini says:

    “Social issues are wasting time and money.”

    Funny how that seems to disappear when it’s Republican social issues.

  20. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Washington State is not exactly the home of republican social issues.

    Focus. Nice try to blame anyone other then the dems.

  21. “Washington State is not exactly the home of republican social issues.” ???

    “Republican Senators Declare War on Welfare Cheats”

    and a “New War on Education”

    http://www.washingtonstatewire.com/home/7241-republican_senators_declare_war_on_welfare_cheats_–_they_say_dshs_doesn’t_sweat_the_small_stuff.htm

    “Initiative filed against proposed gay-marriage bill”

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017199573_marriage10m.html

    the above initiative was filed by the “Everett lawyer announces bid for state AG”

    http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2012/01/12/everett-lawyer-announces-bid-for-state-ag

  22. ManuelMartini says:

    concernedtacoma7 – put the State of Washington aside and tell me how much you dislike Congress getting involved in social issues. Wasting taxpayer money is not limited to the state level.

    The truth is that Republicans love to use abortion and other social issues as fodder in legislative work and no one on the right seems to mind that the money is wasted when it serves their issues.

    How many times must our Congress “reaffirm” the national motto?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-god-we-trust-house-re-affirms-national-motto–yet-again/2011/11/02/gIQAiZRWfM_story.html

  23. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Oh no! Going after welfare cheats! The horror. But that is not a social issue, but a financial/law enforcement issue.

    You are now blaming repubs in DC for the time wasted in Oly on social issues?

    In DC think both parties are terrible at focusing on the big issues (economy and budget) while pandering to special interests or just looking for a sound bite.

    And as a reminder, in the middle of the depression dems focused on Obamacare and gays in the military while ignoring the budget, paving the way for our current budget battles.

  24. ItalianSpring says:

    All those other things are tiny pieces of the lib agenda but also serve as distractions from the bigger picture as the the letter writer said.

    Regarding this comment:Budgets don’t create holes. Lack of revenue does.

    Wrong. OVERspending does. Higher taxes actually create lack of revenue. I have historically found that when I live beneath my means and avoid paying taxes I always have plenty of “revenue”.

  25. “I have historically found that when I live beneath my means and avoid paying taxes I always have plenty of “revenue”

    “and avoid paying taxes.”?

    Does the IRS know about that?

    Does the name Wesley Snipes ring any bells for you? I’m thinking he probably has a few “revenue” issues right now, doesn’t he?

  26. Muck made some great points in his first post.

    LOL, Manuel- budgets don’t create holes, lack of revenue does? Spoken like a liberal. Its all about balance, and spending within ones revenue. Anybody who didn’t see our nations repeat of depression era spending causing this recession to deepen and lengthen shouldn’t be in the business of forecasting revenues. It is time to make drastic reductions in State spending. That is the answer. Strangling people with more taxation will only cause more problems for the economy.

  27. TMell, Of course I did!

    (psssst! Which ones?)

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