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Queen Christine wants your help! How can Washington State save money?

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

“Like the rest of the country—indeed the world—we are in the midst of an economic slowdown. State government is going to have to sacrifice and make hard choices just like Washington families. But families know, and we know, that tough people always outlast tough times, and together we will emerge stronger from the challenge.”    Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Gregiore’s Budget Homepage

First of all, let me be really clear.  I thought that the best way for the State of Washington to fix its budget problem was to elect a Conservative like Dino Rossi.  Since that’s off the table, the next best option is going to be participating in the Governor’s outreach attempt here and letting her know what you think about how the State of Washington spends your money.  If you have ideas for the Governor, you can submit them through the magic of the internet here: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp#startform

And…through the magic of the internet, your free-market, low-taxes, personal responsibility solutions will be magically translated into something like this:

“Dear Governor Gregiore, the economy is so bad, we can’t make it on our own.  Please raise taxes and give us free health care, free child care, free food, free public transportation, free housing…” 

But, it’s worth a shot.  Even in a deep blue liberal stronghold like Washington, Conservatives need to speak up, just on the off chance that we can change even one person’s perspective.

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4 Responses to “Queen Christine wants your help! How can Washington State save money?”

  1. […] budget.  He took the suggestions submitted to Governor Gregoire [remember that?  I blogged it on November 17] and compiled a master list of sorts.  There are some terrific ideas on this list and thanks to […]

  2. fpteditors said

    One way to save money: stop subsidizing the auto. Highway fuel taxes pay only about 60% of road costs and none of the costs of congestion, parking, drainage, carbon dioxide emissions, oil wars, pipeline wars, collision medical costs, auto license bureaucracy, auto insurance bureaucracy, etc. etc.

  3. Liberty said

    Or…maybe those of us who don’t use public transit [and never will] could stop subsidizing public transit. Somehow, I doubt bus fare even comes close to covering the real cost of the ride.

  4. Liberty said

    Received another comment from fpteditors this morning. In my un-caffeinated state at the time, I accidentally deleted it. I know, what a rookie mistake. Fortunately, WordPress sends an e-mail every time Bold Colors Blog receives a comment and the text of the comment is included in the e-mail. While there’s no way to recover the original comment, I can re-produce, with 100% accuracy, the message that fpteditors sent. Here it is:

    “Or…you grow a little intellectual integrity and oppose the subsidies in proportion to the dollar amounts. Or, you look up subsidy in the dictionary. Public transit can be called subsidized only if it is a private concern. Do you refuse to collect dividends on your investments if the employees rode a bus to work?
    Open your eyes, see past the end of your nose.”

    First of all, my apologies for not making myself more clear in my original comment. Of course, the word “subsidy” doesn’t technically apply to a public concern. My intent with the word “subsidy” was this: through public transit, individuals like me [who do not use public transit and never will] have to pay for the transportation needs of other people. My money is being used to subsidize someone else’s need to get to the store or work or wherever. Now maybe you can argue that my dividend is fewer cars in my way and that public transit is helpful for society in general. In my mind, those indirect benefits don’t really make up for the fact that I’m being taxed for something I don’t and won’t use. I simply think that public transportation should be more like this: it’s public and therefore anyone can have equal access to ride it, and
    the fare pays the actual cost of operating it, instead of passing some or all of that cost on to taxpayers in general.

    Speaking of semantics, I’m not sure what the difference is between my use of “subsidy” and yours. If I can’t use “subsidy” to describe the transfer of wealth that takes place when I pay for someone else’s bus ride, how can it be accurate when you say, “stop subsidizing the auto?” I checked out your blog and can only assume that your anti-car perspective has closed your eyes as well. Public transportation simply is not feasible for all of us. If you like to use it, more power to you.
    BTW, highway fuel taxes would fund roads a lot more efficiently if they were exclusively used to fund road projects, instead of being diverted into things like transit projects and bike lanes. And is the public transit bureaucracy really so preferable to auto insurance and license bureaucracy?

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