Your recent editorial suggested voters mistakenly approved Initiative 1366, requiring either lower taxes or a constitutional amendment to control tax increases. It suggested the Supreme Court reject I-1366. The court must remember the Constitution’s Article 1, Section 1 – the people are superior, even over the courts. We passed I-1366 for a reason. The Supreme Court should back off!
Politicians waste taxes through redundant government agencies with duplicated expenses and identical functions. Here are just a few examples:
▪ Seven affirmative action agencies
▪ Seven agriculture agencies
▪ Three gambling agencies
▪ Five health agencies
Gov. Gregoire created the Department of Early Learning. Rather than put it under an existing educational department, she created a new agency with overlapping functions and duplicate staff and resources. She wasted tax money. If this waste continues, the likes of I-1366 will continue.
The state auditor must begin periodic performance audits for every agency. After review, the Legislature must combine functionally similar agencies, eliminate duplicate agencies, and provide a sunset law for every agency. This sunset law must be reviewed at each future audit. Every agency must begin zero-based budgeting on a biennial basis now!
Until these problems are fixed, tax cutting initiatives will succeed and tax reform bills will fail.
Government unions greatly fund left-wing politicians. Union bosses want no governmental review; no sunsetting or downsizing agencies; no zero-based budgeting; and no financial or performance audits. State government has tremendous waste that union bosses and big government politicians do not want fixed.
Ardean A. Anvik, Shelton