The three horsemen of the roadkill Dems have written an op-ed in the Times to justify their actions. Really, they are just courageous men standing up to - gasp! - the status quo.
Do I think the Dems' budget was perfect? Of course not. But I think you do NOT throw in a totally new budget late into a Friday night, without any public review or input, and then expect everyone to believe your motives.
Meanwhile over at the Washington State Budget &Policy Center, they ask these questions:
- Provide food for 12,000 hungry kids ($14 million) OR provide preferential B&O tax rates for wholesalers of prescription drugs? ($14 million)
- Help parents find and keep jobs, access affordable child care, and afford housing ($200 million) OR give tax breaks to the aerospace industry and exempt microbreweries from the beer excise tax? ($197 million)
- Guarantee a high-quality education for our children ($40 million) OR grant a sales tax deferral for technology businesses? ($35.4 million)
- Keep women healthy during pregnancy, promote positive birth outcomes, and reduce the amount of unintended pregnancies ($6 million) OR provide restaurants a credit for taxes paid on soft drink syrup? ($8.3 million)
Bill Lyne of the United Faculty of Washington State puts it pretty well on the subject of Senator Rodney Tom:
Senator Tom was particularly quiet Friday night. His support for the Zarelli budget is particularly disheartening for those of us in higher education. We’ve always hoped that Senator Tom, as chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, would somehow see his way clear to genuinely supporting our state’s outstanding universities and colleges. In the budget that Senate Democrats presented last week (the budget that people actually got to read and testify about), Senators Ed Murray, Lisa Brown and Derek Kilmer showed a lot of leadership and courage in finally proposing no more cuts to education. As Senator Tom sat down with his Republican pals to write the coup budget, we would have hoped that he would have insisted, as the chair of Higher Education, that another $38 million not be cut from an already decimated system. As the 25th and deciding vote, you’d think he could’ve gotten at least that in the deal.
The Dems need to pull this committee chairmanship from Rodney Tom.
And voters need to remember that Senator Jim Kastama was part of this group when you see his name on the ballot for Secretary of State.
Lastly, there is suspicion out there that Senator Tom did this because if the Legislature cannot reach an agreement by tomorrow, the last day of the session, he can then bring back his flawed charter bill during a special legislative session.
Good luck with that Senator.