Majority Democrat laws were rushed through the process in 2020 and 2021 have become a great embarrassment to them; even worse the scenario developed just as opponents said it would. Violent crime and theft have drastically escalated with shopping malls and homes being primary attack locations.
Representative Steve Tharinger is part of the Democrat House Majority, which denied law enforcement opportunity to testify in hearings before these bills were passed. He must have been too busy in his work to raise taxes.
Here are some of my solutions:
Back up and first ask yourself, Why are we talking about this? We need transportation funds, but if you take a closer look, you will see some glaring inefficiencies in our transportation departments. There is substantial room for financing more projects through design efficiency. The entire process is crying for oversight rather than a blind leap into taking in large increases in funds for the first step.
A fish culvert replacement at Bremerton on a four-lane highway is costing $53.4 million dollars. A fish culvert replacement at Issaquah is costing 20 million dollars. Having worked with riparian specialist and hydrological engineers, I can verify that there are far more effective ways to modify culverts for good fish passages for far cheaper costs. Each location needs a site-specific hydrological assessment rather than what is happening.
Fuel taxes increases in 2020 and 2021 were not justified by needs, but were manipulated into law by the Governor and Democrat legislature using his line item veto to cancel out agreements made on what projects would be funded when two of the five co-dependent laws were defeated with crossover votes by part of the majority. The projects were not included, but the Governor took all the tax increases.
I am willing to consider how non-fuel tax-paying vehicles can pay their share of road maintenance. Pay by mile is totally unsuitable for the Olympic Peninsula, in considering the remote distance from major life support facilities including stores, specialty care, work sites, recreation, access to schools, and much more. Electric vehicles are a wonderful addition to multi-modal transport, but fuel taxes are too high.
An appropriate focus is to look at who uses which roads. It makes good sense to place a toll booth on the west end of Hood Canal Bridge and charge a toll for each passenger vehicle using it which is not registered to an Olympic Peninsula address. All Commercial vehicles would be exempt. Funds collected would be added to the package of funds to support maintenance and improvements of the Highway 104-101 system.
Parental choice in schools is the most critical piece in student learning. State School Superintendent mismanagement has been highlighted as an obstacle to student success during the past two years. Achievement standards have been lowered, we've seen an exodus from public school, and parents are eye witnesses of the deterioration of their child's education through the virtual classroom. School PODS and home groups transitioned from the last line of choice into the shining model of success that public schools need to emulate. Student test scores, when the standards are NOT lowered, are the report card for education systems, and home schoolers still lead the way. The State Superintendent asked the legislature for half a billion dollars more to pay for empty seats in the public system. Don't let them do this to your children. Parental choice matters. Let Brian know what you think.
Governor Inslee needs to rein it in because he has no 'reign." He's an elected career politician, not a king. I will make every effort to ensure no Washington State Governor, present of future, will have the liberty to exercise unchecked emergency powers. Your current legislators Van deWege, Chapman, and Tharinger all made it their first vote to give the Governor unlimited 'emergency powers'. Are you ready to replace this with good common sense?
They did not "print more money". They created new taxes and typed more zeros into a computer. This is what the debt number looks like:
You have only seen the start of inflation. We already saw hyperinflation start two years ago. When you see reports of how much more money the state is taking in and glowing media stories of a great economy, realize that the actual products are far less than what prior years saw in your stores, and cheaper quality. Our state budget keeps costing more and more, and takes double what it did 8 years ago. Think of it as you are only getting half the hamburger and half the cold drink you used to get. The state is taking more so you will never see what you used to have, just another increase in property tax and rent costs, increased vehicle tab cost, higher costs for heat, electricity, water, sewer and stormwater fees. You only get half what you used to get for your money, so double your payments to get the full amount. My plan is to cut back on our state taking from you and getting rid of the waste and corruption to restore the value you should be receiving. All the new Governor's programs and special offices only take, they do not give, and Mr Tharinger voted for every one of them to take from you. Let Brian know what you think.
All of us treasure clean water, clean public places, streets and parks free of trash, oceans without contaminations, wildlife and farms, gardens and parks. All of these require a balance between over-regulation and misuse. Our forests provide multiple resources and must continue to be managed for production and recreation together. I am against the misrepresented "Wild Olympics" proposal. I lived in a Wilderness Study Area for three months travelling on horseback and afoot, and have hiked and camped in many other areas of our nation, Canada, and Mexico. This is a great topic for me to come speak to your group about, and I would appreciate a chance to meet with them and share our ideas together. Let Brian know what you think.
My life has been dedicated to law and order, safe living and intervening against violence personally, through long military service and civil service. I resent the incumbent political party in power with their horrible destruction of our lives in how they have turned our streets and shopping malls into the wild west, where criminals with stolen guns are killing and maiming each other and innocent victims from infants to the elderly.
I've taken hundreds of hours of training and coaching over the years and support gun safety classes, universal concealed carry for licensed gun owners, and safe storage of guns.
I deplore the taking of innocent lives and hold those who handcuff our law enforcement officers and decriminalize our courts personally responsible. The C19 mandates to fire critical state workers over medical mandates is purely evil, and now our prisons are severely handicapped without staffing, like many other state agencies whose workers were victimized by legislature voting to give the governor unlimited power. Sportsman and all other gun owners are entitled to keep the full the rights defined in our US and Washington State Constitutions.
An armed society is a very polite society. A society with violent criminals armed and unchecked is anathema to quality of life. I stand for our our criminal justice system, and now I stand for our private citizens who are being forced to protect their families and property themselves. After a lifetime of counting on our justice system, it is a bitter realization for us to see that stripped away form our formerly peaceful lives. Count on me to work to restore our personal safety and rights from subverted laws.
This is a condition of not having a home, but glosses over the reasons. Each person is an individual and should not be lumped into one generic group. Over regulation and in many cases low permitting and delayed construction times are two factors we hear frequently on the peninsula, as the process oftentimes takes nearly two years from purchase to occupancy. The potential for reduction in homelessness through increased housing availability and affordability in lowering the financial barrier comes in a temporary ninety percent reduction in permitting fees. This fee reduction would be across the board and include those from the state, county, and city permitting authorities, along with a mandatory streamlining of permitting through improved agency efficiency.
Brian Pruiett is personally launching an initiative for Low Barrier Housing. It is not what media calls it though. Low Barrier Housing really means that we must change three critical items to lower the barrier for construction by cost management, and allow builders to push forward to provide thousands of both single and multi-family units in all three counties.
This is a condition of not having a home, but glosses over the reasons. Each person is an individual and should not be lumped into one generic group and then one answer be given for all. I am against giving housing to anyone who consistently refuses to try and support themselves, or has an addiction-possibly with a mental health issue-and refuses to work at treatment, and anyone who persists in damaging or criminal activity.
I have always advocated for a ‘hand-up not a hand-out’, participating in food banks, community meals, donations to St Vincent de Paul and Goodwill, and have always given charitable contributions.
Yet, opportunities in King County for clean, available places to live, are now available due to their total funds available and their county purchase of 9 hotel facilities for the homeless. Referring those in need to their facilities makes sense. I have lived out of my vehicle for several months. I have lived in a tent for many months at a time when I was ‘houseless’ but not ‘homeless’. I know what it is like.
For most of my life I worked two and sometimes three jobs. We have many opportunities here for everyone to get a basic living income through a large number of employment vacancies and good job placement assistance. Sequim has a brand new employment office. Don't be underemployed.
We befriended one homeless man who suffered from cancer and housed him until the illness took him from us. Pictured is a lighthouse Paul made for us to remember him after he died.
Pruiett still carries the torch for Peninsula education funding, pointing out the state school office is collecting $17,000 per student statewide, yet nearly half of that disappears before reaching our schools which are allotted less than $10,000 per student. This inequity results in school districts having to make voters ‘pay twice’ for construction and maintenance levies. Property owners already paid taxes to support our students, but the OSPI refuses to return those funds to the district of origin year after year.
“You can count on me to revitalize our education system and include career training in our high school system. We have a responsibility to provide our students with basic career training opportunities as part of their curriculum. They have the right to choose for themselves what training they want to receive. Basic certification in building trades must be offered as one of those choices so that upon successful graduation so a student can receive much higher than minimum wage when they start working before or immediately after high school graduation“, Pruiett stated.
“This requires significant work to revamp several dozen laws enacted by legislature in the last several sessions. The fixation on socialization, corrupt CRT and sexualization are now well documented contributors to higher suicide attempts and general unhappiness for our children. You can’t love and protect them when they are being victimized.
It is our responsibility to nurture and enable them for successful lives, and the resiliency of self-supporting individuals is vital to our collective well-being. In this COVID era, another opportunity besides returning the fuller amount of school money to our districts is to examine how to ensure the money follows the child to school of choice. We’ll always need public schools but students deserve choices in their education, and I am a champion for their right to choose.”
I support school choice with a share of money following the child. Students deserve the right to choose their own education and career path. I stand against the CRT and any element of that which has infiltrated our curriculum. It must be removed, And teaching return to focus on love and respect as the standards all are entitled to give and get in return. “Tolerance” is a word of hate and discrimination. Respect is not.
Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world. The state is collecting an unbelievable amount of money for schools compared to what schools actually get to pay teachers. The state Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction, OSPI with superintendant Chris Reykdal, diverts nearly half the state funds from our District from coming back to educate Peninsula children. Both my parents had long careers in teaching. Teachers deserve their pay and schools need funds. If the OSPI returned the money to our Peninsula we would not have to do so many painful school levy campaign votes.
The legislature needs to refocus on the need for state-wide transportation maintenance and improvements to our Highway 101-104 network and other highways serving our towns. Expect to see a demand for a larger than pro-rata share of transportation package funding due to the now-resident diaspora of COVID-influenced new Peninsula residents.
Affordable health care is a goal we all need to work towards. Many have paid into the system their whole careers. State Medicaid is an important program and I was shocked at the institutional racism the incumbent showed when he gave $7.2 million of our state funds to a private corporation that charges the State program 10 times the rate that other providers get repaid for services.
This means that every time that corporation bills the State fund for one patient, nine other patients lose their State Medicaid coverage. This seems criminal to me and I want to make it stop so all persons are treated with equity and fairness. Inequity in our State Medicaid program is wrong and leads to racism.
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