This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Forget head counts, or debates over whose message was purer. The only winner of Monday’s dueling rallies at the state Capitol were lawmakers of both parties who heard what they wanted to hear.
If only the state’s budget problems were as easy as declaring “no new taxes” or “no new cuts.” But governing is an art, not an accounting exercise.
Most Washingtonians – even some of the 9,000 people who thronged the Capitol steps, we suspect – want something much different from their Legislature than all-or-nothing propositions. They might be open to paying more taxes to protect crucial services, if they are convinced that state government had made commensurate sacrifices.
They will be watching the fate of bills like Senate Bill 6503. It was to be lawmakers’ response to public outrage over policies that have largely spared state workers the pain felt in the private sector.