From afar I have been following the machinations of the State Senator Republicans (and the 3 Roadkill Dems including Rodney Tom) and the state budget.
I can only say that, like Nick Hanauer, this is no way to show loyalty to your party. I think if Senator Tom wants to be a Republican, he should go back to being one (he acts like one anyway). I also think that these three men have done damage to their reputation within the Democratic delegation. I certainly would not trust what they say in the future.
I also had been wondering why LEV had been so silent on the subject of the charter legislation and now it's obvious. They knew this ploy was coming. I'm sure that they were pushing it all along and hope that they will come out with the charter bill (in some form) passed. I can only say I hope that if that happens, they take the $3M away from Pettigrew. It would all seem like a bit much.
Interestingly, one of the Roadkill Dems, Kastama, is against charter schools.
The budget that the Roadkill Dems support would cut $30M from K-12 and something like $20M from higher ed. It's the wrong direction for our state to be following.
So folks, please. Tell your legislators no to this Republican budget. Ask them to hold firm to what the Dems have put forward. Most of all, tell them that there should be no extra bills included within the budget. Tell them we can't cut K-12 funding and then fund charter schools.