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ELECTION: Voters have a clear choice in the 26th District

Letter by Jerry E. Gibbs, Gig Harbor on Oct. 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm with No Comments »
October 31, 2012 5:05 pm

Doug Richards supports the two-thirds majority vote before taxes can be increased. It’s an idea that 69 percent of the 26th District voted for, but Larry Seaquist calls that law “stupid.” Is Seaquist calling 69 percent of his constitutes “stupid”?

Richards supports making K-12 education a priority for the state budget, but Seaquist voted for budgets that cut the Peninsula School District $1.3 million and led to teacher pay cuts.

To circumvent the two-thirds majority requirement, Seaquist has made fees a new form of taxes. Seaquist sponsored and voted for bills that have raised taxes and fees 143 times. These regressive fees (taxes) hit the working poor the hardest.

Seaquist claims to be a fiscal hawk but his voting record tells a different story. He justified these middle-class tax increases so the state could build new ferries, but he told the Kitsap Sun that the last three ferries built were so expensive and poorly designed we may have to throw them away. So why did he increase taxes and fees to build more overpriced and poorly designed ferries before design flaws were addressed?

Seaquist has had six years to make real reforms, and all we hear is more talk and more spending. If you want more of the same, paying higher taxes and fees and continued resistance to reforms in state government, then vote for Seaquist. If you think it’s time for a new direction, vote for Richards.

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