Posted by Liberty on April 8, 2009
I heard an interview with Todd Myers [Director of WPC’s Center for the Environment] on the radio the other afternoon. He’s been conducting an investigation into the efficacy of Washington State’s “green schools” mandate and has concluded that supporters of the mandate have made exaggerated the cost savings of green schools.
“Lawmakers passed the mandate for one-size-fits-all “green” government building construction standards in 2005 based on numerous promises, including that it would reduce energy costs for state buildings and increase test scores. WPC looked at the data and discovered the top-down mandate has failed to live up to its proponents’ promises and in some cases is actually using more energy and costing more than non-green buildings. After reviewing WPC’s research, KING 5’s Susannah Frame decided to investigate school district claims, resulting in at least one official confirming there are no actual cost savings from these mandates.”
And a link to the KING 5 story:
There’s video of the report available at that link as well.
“It [Gray Middle School, Tacoma] has impressive environmentally friendly features everywhere you look. Some of them include banks of windows for lots of natural light, recycled beams from an old high school, rubber flooring that doesn’t require chemicals, drought tolerant landscaping, and a filtration system that circulates fresh air all day long.”
There’s a video on the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website that promotes the benefits of these green schools. In the video, the SPI and Department of Ecology claim that in exchange for an approximate 2% increase in design and building cost, green schools cost 10-15% less in operating costs. Kudos to Susannah Frame at KING 5 and Todd Myers at WPC for digging for the truth on this one.
“Large districts in the state tell us it’s [green school construction] between 3 and 7 percent more expensive. That adds up.
Half a billion dollars will be spent on school construction in the state this year.
If green mandates cost 5 percent more, that’s $25,000,000 additional dollars. All that money comes from local school district tax dollars.
After the first year, the legislature pulled all funding for the green schools mandate.”
That last sentence made me wonder: if the very people [the Legislature] who imposed this green school mandate don’t believe in it enough to fund it, why is it still in effect?
Posted in Environlunacy, Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Green school, Green school claims oversold, KING 5, Washington Policy Center, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 21, 2009
Not many people take Greg Nickels seriously. And that number could be diminishing. I found this article by Nicole Brodeur in the Seattle Times fairly entertaining, even though I don’t necessarily agree with her analysis of the AIG situation.
“Mayor Greg Nickels announced the other day that he was falling on his checkbook by decreasing his own pay and the salaries of about 100 other top executives in city government.
Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis made much of the fact that salaries will be frozen at 2008 levels, as if this is a huge sacrifice. He makes $187,317 a year, poor thing.
I appreciate putting the brakes on payroll, but frankly, gentlemen, I’m confused.
Just 90 days ago, Nickels was fighting for the right to give big raises to the city’s highest-paid employees — some by as much as 37 percent.”
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Greg Nickels, Mayor, Nicole Brodeur, Overpaid bureaucrats, Payroll, Seattle, Seattle Times | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 25, 2009
There is a property rights rally on Monday, March 2, 2009.
Meet at noon on the North steps of the Capitol.
Join Evergreen Freedom Foundation, The Christian Coalition, Cattle Producers of Washington and Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights in taking a stand against Olympia’s intrusion on your private property rights!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Washington State | Tagged: Cattle Producers of Washington, Christian Coalition, Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Mylandnotyours.com, Olympia, Property rights, Rally, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 24, 2009
If this bill makes it through the Senate and is signed by the Governor, it will be illegal in Washington State to lie in the course of a campaign for public office. My first thought was, “Couldn’t they make this retroactive and nail Queen Christine for the lies she told about the state budget?” But the real focus of this law appears to be lies about a candidate’s opponent.
“The bill, passed out of the House on a 92-2 vote, seeks to reinstate an old law that was thrown out on free speech grounds by the state Supreme Court in 2007. The court said the state’s former ban on lying in campaigns violated the First Amendment because it did not require proof that campaign falsehoods were defamatory.
Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, said this year’s attempt at reinstating the ban on campaign lies addresses the court’s problems with the old law. Specifically, the bill approved Monday would prohibit false statements that are libelous or defamatory, and committed with actual malice – a key legal test in free speech case law.”
Posted in Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Campaign lies, Miloscia, Queen Christine | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 14, 2009
“The protest against the porkulus is on for President’s Day!
Date: Monday, February 16th
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, 401 Pine St., in the open area by the big arch.”
Be a part of the active, loyal Conservative opposition! Bring your signs to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to participate in a protest of the stimulus bill!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Sticking to their guns, Washington State | Tagged: Active Conservatism, Porkulus, President's Day, Protest, Stimulus, Westlake Park | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009
Take a peek at Tami Michaels’ blog post from Saturday. Is there any part of life that our esteemed Washington State Legislature will not attempt to stifle, control, restrict or regulate? [For those of you not familiar with Tami, she has a Saturday morning radio show about home improvement and interior design on 770 KTTH Seattle. It’s a lot of fun to listen to if you’re interested in improving the appearance and functionality of your living environment–always a learning experience. Find out more at mynorthwest.com] Tami has issued a call to action because apparently, the Washington State Legislature is going to be considering a bill that would create licensing requirements for interior designers. From Washington Votes.org:
“Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 26, 2009, creates a state board for registered interior designers and sets forth registration procedures and standards of professional practice for registered interior designers. (See also Companion HB 1608).”
Tami’s reasoning for opposing SB 5514 is this:
- “There is no threat to public health and safety from interior design. In 2005, the Washington State Department of Licensing did a sunrise review of interior design legislation and found that no threat existed and that no licensing of interior designers was necessary.
- The state, the economy, homeowners and small businesses can’t afford this legislation. This legislation is a direct threat to the survival of many small businesses, putting jobs at risk – something Washington cannot afford. Customers of interior design services will see costs go up as competition decreases and designers will have to pay unnecessary fees if they actually do qualify. Established firms will go out of business, not because they do poor work or have done something wrong – but simply because they do not meet a very specific set of criteria.
- There is no gap in protection. An umbrella of governmental oversight already protects the public and ensures that those involved in design projects follow the appropriate building codes and laws. Plan reviews, building inspectors, code enforcement officials and licensed professionals (architects, engineers, plumbers, contractors, electricians and others) all verify that any work specified by interior design professionals meets the code and safety requirements enacted to protect the public.”
Do you really need the State of Washington to protect you from interior designers? Honestly! There’s a hearing on this bill scheduled for February 12, 2009. Tami’s blog has all the info you need.
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Government regulation, Home improvement, Interior design, Nanny state, SB 5514, Tami Michaels, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »