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April 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Spending plan for green construction

A costly gamble

Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, has put forth a $3 billion spending plan that is for “creating jobs by funding construction of safety, health, and energy-saving improvements to public facilities” [“House chair wants school bond vote,” NW Saturday, April 4]. It would appear that Rep. Dunshee has gone to the casino with taxpayer money and put $3 billion on green.

He claims that the energy-efficiency savings will pay the debt for itself. The plan is also expected to create 90,000 jobs –create, save or how long will the jobs last? Rep. Dunshee is allowing history to repeat itself, just like his 2005 Green Schools Bill. He claimed then that using a “green” building standard would save 30 percent, but after four years there is no savings and actually more spending.

It is time for common-sense legislation and not poor decision-making with our money. Tell your representatives your opinion of this costly gamble and tell them not put all of your money on green.

— Todd Welch, Everett

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