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ELECTION: That ‘gimmick’ has bipartisan support

Letter by Mike Larson, Tacoma on Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:13 am | No Comments »
October 25, 2012 10:14 am

Gimmicks and catchy one-liners have always been part of the political landscape, but Jay Inslee’s recent TV ad criticizing one aspect of Rob McKenna’s education plan is downright shameful and without merit.

Inslee attacks McKenna’s so-called “tax swap” idea, calling it “just a gimmick.” Others call it a serious, necessary part of the conversation to address the recent state Supreme Court decision that requires adequate statewide funding for public education and less of a reliance on local levies.

McKenna’s “gimmick” is supported by education leaders as an innovative idea to address education funding. It is a responsible, measured approach that is revenue-neutral and that would be a tax decrease for most Washingtonians. This “gimmick” was first proposed by a Democrat and encourages across-the-aisle cooperation. What a concept!

As a Realtor, I understand how important quality schools are when it comes to strong communities. It’s usually the first question asked by home buyers new to the area. McKenna understands how important quality public education is and has offered a serious idea as to how we fund it.

Inslee either doesn’t understand the issue or cares more about scoring cheap political points. Perhaps it’s both.

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