This editorial will appear in the Thursday print edition.
State Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, thinks he has the cure for what ails the economy – and state lawmakers.
His green jobs bill, a slimmed-down version of what he called “the WPA of its time” in 2009, was the first bill to pass the House when the regular session convened in January.
It promptly died in the Senate, where lawmakers showed little interest in its plan to borrow $861 million to put building trades back to work. Senators were right to be leery: Debt payments on that $861 million would come from the general fund, which is in a hole and projected to remain that way for the next few years.
But now, with lawmakers scrambling for something more than tax increases to show for their time in Olympia, Dunshee’s legislation is getting a second look. On Tuesday, the House voted again to send the measure to the Senate, where it’s getting if not a warm reception at least a friendlier one.
The Senate should trust its instincts. Dunshee’s plan is ill-timed and a potential threat to the state’s fiscal health.
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