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July 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Bipartisanship in the state Senate

Senators got the job done

We should thank the state Senate bipartisan majority for getting a budget passed and holding the line on new taxes. [“Tax breaks instrumental in reaching deal on budget,” NW Sunday, June 30.]

The senators showed courage to make hard cuts that are needed. The leaders were able to put party politics aside and get the job done — a good example to the other Washington.

We are proud of Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, for his leadership and efforts during the past session.

Steve Altick, Auburn

Republican voice was heard

I have become weary regarding the bipartisanship that continues to permeate our government. Recently, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, posted on Facebook that he held the Republican-led Senate responsible for tax breaks. [“Darigold tax break irks state legislator,” NW Saturday, July 6.]

All I can say is thank you, Republican-led Senate. This year, for the first time, it was refreshing to see a process that was not Democrat-led in the House, Senate and governor’s office.

Two individuals in the Senate provided a Republican majority that required these three bodies to work more collaboratively, rather than the one-party domination we have seen in the past.

I, for one, appreciate that a budget was passed with only minimal tax increases that meet state needs to increase educational funding. I also feel a tax break to Darigold that will increase jobs is beneficial to our state.

Isn’t it interesting that many of the tax breaks, including this one, were sponsored by members of Rep. Carlyle’s party? Yet this legislator, who approved these tax breaks, now seeks to create more dissension between parties. I agree with Rep. Carlyle on one thing: The taxpayers do deserve better, and I believe this past legislative session through collaboration rather than domination was indeed better.

Carolyn Yeager, Seattle

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