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March 13, 2011

Town Hall Meeting with 42nd District Legislators

IMAG0116I along with few hundred others attended a Town Hall meeting in Lynden yesterday afternoon.  The meet was put on by Vince Buys, Doug Ericksen, and Jason Overstreet, our freshly elected representation for the northern half of Whatcom County. 

After a brief introduction by our well known Sen. Ericksen, Rep. Buys and Rep. Overstreet spent a little time familiarizing us with how the 42nd District Legislators are approaching things down in Olympia.  Their goals, and I think they are good ones, are to balance our states budget without raising taxes, to strengthen the economy and to allow businesses to create more jobs.  They described the principles they would employ as they approached our already very out of whack state budget.

  • No new taxes
  • No fund transfers
  • No Federal Bailouts
  • No tricks, gimmicks or shell game tricks

They also referenced some thoughts that Microsoft’s Bill Gates had on state budgeting.  He said that state budgets have received a puzzling lack of scrutiny and have been "riddled with gimmicks"  and “when you get down to it, the guys at Enron never would have done this.”

The next two hours were spent in Q&A.  The lines of questioners were long within seconds and even though they proceeded quickly, their sheer volume had the program running over by 30 minutes.    Questions, and comments, ran the gamut, but most seemed to be centered on protecting funding for educators of one variety or another.  Their were also a couple of comments regarding Pregnancy Center regulation and the proposed coal export terminal being planned for Cherry Point.  The other thing that was brought up several times was the notion that our legislators were somehow union busters.  One questioner asked if they were operating from the same playbook as Wisconsin, to which Doug Ericksen replied, we live in Washington, I don’t even know what Wisconsin’s playbook is.  On that subject, I find it interesting that so many unions, union members and media refer to the new Wisconsin legislation as a stripping away of collective bargaining rights, when once the facts are read, we find that the employees of Wisconsin will have more collective bargaining rights than Federal employees have had since President Carter signed into law the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978

With the 42nd District covering northern Bellingham and much of rural Whatcom County, the wide variety of views did make for a lively meeting.  Perhaps the most entertaining comment I heard came out in the hallway near the end, when a young man collecting business cards asked one of the legislators assistants if Jason Overstreet was a liberal.  I guess he missed the question where stepped center stage and made it extremely clear that he was unequivocally pro-life and that he would never measure the life in economic terms. 

Overall the Town Hall was great event and I look forward to the next.

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February 12, 2011

Well Represented

Last fall, with our states financial balance suffering, we elected two locals, Jason Overstreet and Vincent Buys to represent us with common sense down in Olympia.  They’ve only recently taken their new offices, so I am happy to see that  both of them are already on their game. 

Gov. Gregoire recently ordered state agencies to temporarily suspend non-critical rule development to ease the financial impact of government on already struggling businesses.   Temporary?   Is it really okay that after December 31, 2011 our state government should return to financially burdening businesses with non-critical rules?   I’m glad that I am not the only one who thinks that is crazy talk, Jason Overstreet introduced a bill (HB 1671) that would permanently ask state agencies to consider the financial impact of nonemergency rules before they enact those rules.   Go Jason!

Not to be out done in the financial common sense arena Vincent Buys has co-sponsored a bill that  would draw a financial distinction between typical students and perpetual students.  HB 1654 would charge seemingly perpetual students the higher non-resident tuition rate for credits that are 25% beyond what is needed for their program.  Another delivery of common sense to Olympia.  Go Vince!

October 24, 2010

Our “chief voice” has failed us

Filed under: Feature,Local Issue,State Issue — Tags: , — wally @ 6:53 am

KL spending

Kelli Linville is so proud of her record in Olympia that she included this Bellingham Herald endorsement quote on her campaign website

Linville is, and has been for at least a decade, the House Democrats’ chief voice for running the state government more efficiently. 

“Efficiently” is not the word that comes to mind when I consider the increases in spending that have gone on while Kelli Linville was on duty in Olympia. 

I’ve already voted for Vince Buys because we obviously need a new “chief voice” for efficiency in Olympia. 

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