News Let’s Go to the Video Tape
posted by January 12 at 17:15 PMon
I originally posted this at 3:30 today, but there’s an update from the House Democrats now.
The state GOP just sent out a press release trying to hype three Democratic bills to characterize the entire D agenda to show that the Democrats are out of touch with voters who are clamoring for action on kitchen table issues.
Here’s the press release:
Week One of Democrats’ Agenda in Olympia: State income tax, gay marriage and pay raises for themselves. State Republican Chairman Diane Tebelius today said that week one of the Democrats’ agenda is “not what the people of Washington want,” and that top issues like the transportation budget shortfall and education “have taken a backseat to a state income tax, gay marriage and pay raises for state legislators.”
“The Democrats are showing their true colors,” said Tebelius, “The Democrats have created their own mandate to impose a state income tax, redefine marriage, and increase their own paychecks while ignoring the real priorities of transportation, education, and the state’s long-term fiscal health.”
“Instead of top priorities, this is what we got during week one of the Democrats in control,” said Tebelius:
Sen. Rosa Franklin introduces a state income tax,
Sen. Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen introduce a gay marriage bill,
Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown and other Democrats lobby for higher pay from the citizens panel that oversees pay raises for the governor and state legislators. The panel is recommending the largest pay increases in the past 20 years, including a 10 percent raise for the governor.
Nice try. But let’s take a just at a cursory glance at a basic like education. In just one week, there’s already a list of 26 bills in play about schools including the major D priority—changing the levy hurdle from supermajority public vote to simple majority public vote. Also on the list: low-income student aid; standards accountability measures; and expanding highschool completion programs.
I ran Tebelius’s press release by the Dems and laughing (and pointing out the gay marriage bill hasn’t even been filed and the pay increase wasn’t proposed by the Democrats) they hyped three priority bills that are already on the fast track:
a drug co-payment bill for seniors; a
health care coverage bill for children; and a bill to