The Olympian front page recently featured this headline, "Budget 'patch' signed. Still in the red, Gregoire approves $242 million in trims to several state programs."
Directly beneath it was this story, “Moving time for city hall. $35.6 million building.”
Am I the only one who sees an insane imbalance here?
Why now, in the middle of the worst recession since World War II, would our city actually need a new $35.6 million palace to do business in?
As usual, it does not matter if it is the state or the city government — spend, spend, spend and let the taxpayers foot the bill.
All governments need to learn to live not within their means, but within ours, the taxpayers who ultimately pay the bills.
I own a small company in Olympia. Laying workers off and living within our means is what is required by private citizens or companies to simply keep the doors open in this economy.
Are any politicians actually listening out there? Are any practicing fiscal common sense? If actions speaks louder than words, what do you think?