Highline schools’ construction bond measure failing

Doesn't the Seattle Times tout the passage of school levies as evidence of the efficacy of the superintendent? What does this failure mean about Dr. Enfield's effectiveness as the superintendent in Highline? Or could it be that the passage of levies reflects more on the board than the superintendent? In that case, what does the routine passage of levies in Seattle mean?


Patrick said…
I don't think the Superintendent means that much to bonds or levies one way or the other. The state should be paying for construction for new schools when the school-age population requires them.
Anonymous said…
It means that Seattleites are wonderful warm fuzzy liberals who do not understand the regressive system of taxation and are in denial that schools cannot and should not be funded as such.

The never ending passages of taxed fees and funds, such as the recent bus one, the King County Juvenile jail which was voted on and now of course we realize what a bad idea that was in light of current social climate. But jail em vs school em!

Washington State has a serious problem with income inequity and regressive taxation. Seattle has a large population of young who vote based on the Stranger and they own no property, have much more excess income and will be leaving when the job pay doesn't rise or the stock options don't materialize and they leave to the next great hipster enclave and ensure that the old and the ones that do commit have to pick up the pieces and pay the tab through more regressive taxes and fees.

Highline is working class (other than Normandy Park) they don't have the disposible income base and the veneer of Amazon to gloss their base.

- hard truther
Eric B said…
Hard truther, I don't argue that WA has trouble with income inequality and a regressive tax system. I just think you're pointing the finger the wrong way.

I don't think you can blame young voters who follow the Stranger endorsements for the regressive tax structure in Washington. They favored the income tax when virtually nobody else did. Income inequality? The Stranger supported the $15 minimum wage when few others did. Not to mention being against the juvenile jail.

If you're looking for someone to blame for the regressive tax system, go for older voters who follow Tim Eyman and the Seattle Times endorsements.
Anonymous said…
They also blindly vote for the dumbest morons in our house and our courts. They follow the sherple.

My favorite endorsement was Adam Kline the most un-liked member of the House until he retired or Pettigrew after calling him a turd.

How about our courts.. the racist and crazy Judges my favorite Catherine Shaffer whose most recent sentencing was remanded to "another judge" as she took race and gender into account. Or the crazy Prosecutors office or the Sheriff.

Sorry the Stranger is used by the young the restless and the hip as some sort of bible as opposed to actual research and reading. Good for clubs, good for voting pamphlets.not.so.much

- hard truther
Anonymous said…
Bonds need 60 percent super majority. That's a big hurdle.

Seattle has run levies -- not bonds -- in recent years.

It is really hard in this state to provide the infrastructure kids need to learn. The state doesn't pay for it, then it turns around and makes it "super" difficult to fund locally.

It stinks.
-Ramona H
Anonymous said…
Also - elections often come down to the campaign and being able to sway the voters with your message.

Seattle runs awesome campaigns.

-Ramona H
Anonymous said…
I believe the 60% super majority was Tim Eyman initiative 1053.
Under the Bus
Patrick said…
Under the Bus, I don't think that's right. 1053 is about a supermajority of the legislature being required for legislatively passed tax increases. It didn't affect bond measures up for voter approval. And 1053 was overturned as the court ruled a citizen initiative couldn't change legislative procedure.

The 60% approval for bonds has been there for a very long time, and until 2008 levies needed a 60% supermajority also.

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