Special Session Heats Up
Summer Stinson, one of the originators of Washington's Paramount Duty, went to Olympia this week to testify about the Senate budget bill. Here's her statement:
I am Summer Stinson, a public school mom and the co-founder of Washington’s Paramount Duty. We named our organization after the constitution’s guarantee of ample, regular, and dependable funding for our public schools.After she finished, he said what you see in the photograph which is rather stunning given her remarks. It's also strange because voters have every right to question the motives of elected officials - who they see, who donates to their campaigns, the bills they put forth, who supports those bills, etc.
Past legislatures have operated under the belief that their paramount duty was to keep taxes low on wealthy individuals and large corporations. The result is that children in this state are being denied their constitutional right to an amply funded public education.
We are not here for partisan games. Unfortunately, after the vote that was taken on the floor last Friday, I know better.
Still, this revenue proposal is one that every Senator should be proud to support. This is a great start toward getting full and ample funding to our schools.
The capital gains tax is an excellent proposal — which is why virtually every other state, including Idaho, has one. Their economies thrive with a capital gains tax. Ours will too.
This proposal also begins to close some of the billions in corporate tax loopholes.
Please pass this plan. It’s still not enough. But it’s a great start and we stand ready to help you with more.”
In listening to the Senator over several years, I have found him to be singularly humorless, uptight and rigid.
And now, apparently, being a citizen-activist bothers him. Works for me.