I have not counted the times, but there are plenty of times we have heard, "We may have to close some state parks."
Those are the words of Gov. Chris Gregoire every time the need comes up to raise taxes.
Why do you suppose Washington state is so short of funds that the governor has to make threats to keep us feeding a dead dog?
Let’s work on this a little. I own my home, have for the last 30-plus years. I own my car and everything else on my property. I do not charge on credit cards, no borrowing money that I cannot afford to pay back. I pay my bills every month, and property taxes twice a year. If I want some plaything but can’t afford it, I do not buy.
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This is called responsible spending.
I am writing this letter because the state House and Senate are now trying to balance the Washington state budget and stop the bleeding. We are not only millions but, as I understand it, billions in the red.
One main problem I see is expecting matching federal funds. If the program fails or is rescinded, we are left holding the bag.
One last thought. Can you even begin to imagine how much money our state has squandered over the years on borrowed money, and all the various failed programs?