Re: “Lobbying tab $12.9 million – and counting” (TNT, 4-22).
I was not surprised to learn of the amount spent on lobbying our Legislature. I was not surprised that the top lobbying organizations are the Service Employees International Union, the Washington Education Association and the Washington Federation of State Employees. What really surprised me was the fact that state agencies are now lobbying the Legislature.
If the state treasurer can’t understand “some profound issues connected to education finance,” then perhaps we need a new treasurer. If the superintendent of public instruction has to hire a lobbyist to “preserve staff and save money,” then maybe we need a more forceful voice in the SPI’s office.
Using taxpayer funds to lobby the representatives of the taxpayers is a good example of the “inmates running the asylum.”