Wednesday, June 1, 2016
To the Editor:
Diane Pottinger’s letter Wednesday, “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul,” accurately pointed out the inadequacy of cutting support for infrastructure to make improvements to education. But her appeal to readers to “contact your legislator” should have been “contact your Republican legislator.”
The Democrats in the Legislature have been highly supportive of both infrastructure spending and education, as well as public health (including mental health, where Washington is facing various penalties from state courts and the federal government).
The problem is that these things require more revenue, and Republican legislators have been stonewalling against higher taxes. Washington also needs a more balanced and less regressive tax structure, including income and capital gains taxes, which Republicans are also stonewalling.
So please do contact your legislator — if he or she is a Republican — and thank the Democrats for their support of public services. Oh, and vote Democratic in the next election.