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April 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM

KeyArena bill dead

Ridiculous, clouded in secrecy

Sen. Ed Murray’s Substitute Senate Bill 6116 was a ridiculous bill clouded in secrecy from the beginning [“KeyArena bill ‘really dead,’.” NW Thursday, April 23].

Moreover, it was a weak and foolhardy attempt to extend a tax for purposes not explicitly stated in the bill. This isn’t a Cougs vs. Dawgs issue, as he would have people believe; this is about good government in very trying times.

What I find most deplorable about Murray’s new, personal-vendetta amendment is the idea that it is OK for 6116 to try to literally slip one past taxpayers without a vote, but the idea that Washington State University students who voted to have fees applied for a specific purpose may be overruled by a petulant politician with a grudge.

While I applaud Murray’s work on many of the real issues facing our citizens, the notion that he has time to come up with something this ridiculous not once, but twice, is great disservice to the people he represents.

— Max McCain, Seattle

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