If Washingtonians are going to pay more for nature, why not for culture?
Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, who introduced a bill today to charge an annual fee to visit state parks, wants to amend it later to add another perk to the parks passes: access to the state’s history museums.
Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to mothball the museums in Tacoma, Spokane and Olympia to save the state $5 million over two years. She also has proposed eliminating the state arts commission. Lawmakers are looking for alternatives.
“I’m definitely trying here to find a way to keep them …