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March 25, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Balancing the state budget

Quit trying to scare us

The Legislature will unveil its budget “cuts” later this week. The projected budget deficit is slated to by around $9 billion and I believe the Democrat majority will use this as a way to scare and even intimidate Washingtonians to vote in tax increases.

We do not need to continue this feast-or-famine budget cycle if our Legislature would make a shift in it’s budgeting tactics. Implementing “priorities of government,” used to fix the 2003-2005 $2.5 billion deficit, would greatly change how the current deficit looks.

We can right-size state government — under Gov. Christine Gregoire the number of state employees has grown by 6,100 positions.

Currently, ferries must be built in Washington state. This takes shopping on the free market off the table and therefore causes us to pay more for new ferry construction.

These are only a few ideas I have read about, but have not heard our Legislature even attempt to run with. Instead of constantly trying to scare Washingtonians, it is time for legislative representatives to work for our citizens and come up with real solutions (not looking for a taxpayer handout).

— Todd Welch, Everett

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