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March 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Apprenticeship law for state ferries is unnecessary

Eliminate Washington state ferry monopoly

A ferry running between Bainbridge Island and downtown Seattle. Currently, 15 percent of work on ferries must be done by apprentices in a program certified by the Washington Apprenticeship and Training Council. (GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

A ferry running between Bainbridge Island and downtown Seattle. Currently, 15 percent of work on ferries must be done by apprentices in a program certified by the Washington Apprenticeship and Training Council. (GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

An editorial opposes anti-competitive laws, like the law requiring 15 percent of the work done on ferries be by apprentices [“Ferry system should scrap apprenticeship law,” Opinion, March 12], but fails to see the larger problem, the state ferry monopoly itself.

Why support repealing anti-competitive laws in the construction of ferries, without also opposing the anti-competitive laws granting the state a monopoly in running the ferries?

Let the state have some real competition by cracking open its legal monopoly on ferry service.

–Jeff E. Jared, Kirkland

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