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Federal Way Rep. Mark Miloscia announces challenge of House Speaker Frank Chopp

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm with No Comments »
November 9, 2010 3:16 pm

We just got an announcement from Mark Miloscia who has represented the 30th District since 1999.

For now, we’ll let his announcement do the talking…

News from the Office of State Representative Mark Miloscia, 30th Legislative District, distributed today to statewide media
November 9, 2010

Rep. Miloscia Announces His Bid for Washington State Speaker of the House

Federal Way, WA – State Representative Mark Miloscia, Chair of the House Audit Review and Oversight Committee, announced his intention to run for Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives.

“We need change. Our Democrat leadership has proved incapable of offering true hope to the people of Washington State and the vision and plans needed to address the growing problems we face during the greatest crisis in 80 years. Not one significant piece of government reform has passed the last two years. The projected budget deficits have increased to $14 billion and the suffering and job losses for people have worsened. This failure cannot continue.”

Rep Miloscia, representing suburban Federal Way and parts of Auburn, Algona, Milton and Pacific, was recently elected overwhelming to a seventh term in the swing 30th legislative district, in contrast to a string of close elections wins by many of his Democrat colleagues.

“It is not enough for Democrats to win close elections; we must actually improve people’s lives. We only won because the voters recognized the Republicans also offered no solutions. The truth is that Democrats are failing the middle class and the voters don’t believe that government works for them. The people of this state have sent a clear message that a new direction is needed from our state leadership. Unlike our Governor (“I don’t have a path forward, to be honest..”) and the current leadership, I do have a plan that will involve more legislators and citizens engagement, take us in a new direction, and bring responsibility and prosperity to our state.”

For the past two years, Miloscia has been highly critical of the Democrat’s leadership’s proposed solutions, mostly consisting of gimmicks, big tax hikes combined with “a hope and a prayer.” Miloscia stated that the voters last week completely rejected the proposed Democrat Leadership’s solutions to our crisis (Income Tax, Eliminating 2/3 Vote for Taxes, Building Bonds, Soda Tax, etc) and party leaders are struggling to come up with something new. “I didn’t come to Olympia to watch the destruction of our education and human service systems. I came to chart a new path.”

Rep. Miloscia has been a major champion of government reform, accountability, and ending homelessness during his six terms of service. He has proposed a ten point “Responsibility and Prosperity Plan for Washington” that will bring both accountability and prosperity to businesses, governments, families, and working people.

“We have too many legislators and people in this state, of both parties, whose reform ideas have been stifled. Reform starts with expanding responsibility to more legislators, individuals, and groups then hold them accountable for results. My 35 years of performance experience will make a difference. It is time for a change.”

Miloscia’s detailed plan includes such initiatives as reforming legislative processes so that all good reform ideas get a vote, expansion of quality audits; passing six year sustainable budgets; eliminating all earmarks and nonessential government programs; collaborating and partnering with local governments and schools to improve quality and eliminate unfunded mandates; increasing living wage jobs; and reforming our K-12 system and eliminating school dropouts.

Rep. Miloscia, an Air Force Academy graduate, former B-52 pilot and former executive at Tacoma Goodwill Industries, currently works as substitute school teacher in both the Federal Way Public Schools and the Catholic Archdiocese. In addition, he serves as a National Quality Examiner for the prestigious Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, a program designed to improve organizations to world class performance levels.

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