We need to provide a successful future for our children. By focusing on growing the economy, we can provide more and better jobs for the people of this state. Instead of handing out special incentives to some companies, Washington should be a desirable place for all employers.
FOCUSING STATE SPENDING
Washington State has benefitted from increased tax revenue for many years. This is a valuable resource and should be used to target important issues in this state. Money shouldn't be shifted through accounting tricks nor should the Rainy Day Fund be raided.
I have benefited immensely from our nation’s public education system. Our K-12 system, which we rely on to prepare our kids for college and the workforce, is in need of a shakeup. We must embrace reforms to fulfill the promise that we make to our children everyday. We should reward the best teachers with higher pay while holding districts, schools, and teachers accountable for student performance.
In 2000, Washington's Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation recommended performance benchmarks for the transportation system. These benchmarks included Traffic Congestion and Driver Delay.
However, in 2007 (the first year Rep. Clibborn chaired the Transportation Committee) the priorities changed. Senate Bill 5412 changed the transportation priorities to have the following policy goals: Preservation, Safety, Mobility, Environment, and Stewardship.
According to the non-partisan Washington Policy Center, this change in priorities has resulted in 40% of transportation taxes used to support 97% of person trips in the Puget Sound region.
In short, 60% of our transportation dollars are funding just 3% of the travel in the Puget Sound area, and most of us continue to experience
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