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September 20, 2013 at 6:29 AM

State lawmakers load up on earmarks

Good story, bad leadership

Congratulations to Andrew Garber for your article on state earmarks. [“Olympia earmarks make comeback,” page one, Sept. 8.]

It was disappointing to learn of the reappearance of spending in our state that skirts the regular capital budgeting process, regardless of whether legislators believe them to be “worthy causes.”

A word of advice for Sen. Jim Honeyford: Washingtonians, including voters in your district, expect leadership from leaders in Olympia, especially in these times when legitimate state needs, particularly educational funding, are not being met.

If leadership translates to just saying “no” to uncooperative legislators who wish to skirt the process, then do so. You didn’t become a committee chairman without knowing how to respond properly in these situations, and I’m certain you can trust voters throughout the state to note those who won’t follow the process.

Thomas Franklin, Seattle

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