News Dino Rossi Supports Bush’s SCHIP Veto
posted by October 30 at 11:06 AMon
Dino Rossi isn’t a very definitive guy. Except when it comes to saying No to kids. I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, his wishy-washy-ness.
Yesterday, I asked his campaign if Rossi supported 4204, the ballot measure that would lower the threshold for passing school levies from a supermajority to a simple majority.
I got this response from his spokeswoman, Jill Strait: “While I can’t comment on how he will specifically vote on 4204, and he has yet to fill out his ballot, in general he is in favor of simple majorities for school levies as long as those votes happen in November elections, when the most voters are able to participate.”
Here’s Gov. Gregoire:
“I believe this is the right thing to do for our communities and our schools. This measure allows a majority of voters to say yes or no to funding local levies – and make decisions for kids in the community. If we can build a sports stadium with 50%+1, we should be able to fund schools.”
Asked by several reporters last week how he was voting on Prop. 1, the $17.8 billion transportation initiative. Rossi told us he was “leaning no.” He went on to explain that he was a no unless someone could convince him the package would ease congestion. “I haven’t filled out my ballot yet.”
Here’s Gov. Gregoire on Prop. 1:
“If I lived in the district, I would vote yes. This is not a perfect plan, but we have gone far too long in this state without investing in transportation projects that are critical to the safety of Washingtonians. For me, this measure is first and foremost about safety, but we also must invest in congestion relief in a fiscally responsible way. Our roads and transit in the Puget Sound region are critical to our quality of life.”
However, Rossi is definitive about expanding children’s health care. He’s a No.
It did take me a while to get an answer from him on the issue. (There’s a children’s health care expansion bill pending in D.C. that President Bush has already vetoed once—and now a new one is coming his way. If the bill fails it could undermine legislation passed in Olympia last session that expanded children’s health care coverage.)
Rossi supports Bush’s veto. His campaign told me this morning that expanding coverage to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, which is what the federal bill (and our state bill) does, is the “wrong approach,” explaining: “the majority of new children that are going to be coming on are either illegal or they currently have health insurance from the private sector.”
They do? There are 72,000 uninsured kids from families with incomes up to 300 percent of the poverty level ($51,500 for a family of three) in Washington State.
Gregoire does not support President Bush’s veto, and has leaned on the one member of Washington State’s delegation in Washington, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-4, Central Washington), to support the bill. (Hastings was the lone vote from Washington State against overriding Bush and he simply didn’t vote last week on a revised bill to expand SCHIP.)