March 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Park system funding is legislative responsibility
Taxpayers don’t want to fund government programs
I disagree with George Coulbourn’s conclusion that the primary cause of state parks underfunding lies with the Legislature [“Disconnect between government, people,” Northwest Voices, March 27].
I think the repeated strong approval of Tim Eyman’s initiatives to require a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes makes it very clear that taxpayers don’t want to pay what it takes to provide better funding for government programs. The fact that this results in underfunding state parks, dangerously mentally ill people running loose, poor schools and the like is OK with the taxpayers; they just want that money in their own pockets.
As was so wisely stated in the Pogo comic strip many years back, “We have met the enemy, and he is us”.
–Pete Beaupain, Auburn
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