Editor’s note: the following letter is addressed to state Rep. Chris Hurst.
I am compelled to respond to your end-of-session report.
Your party is the party that spent way more money than you should have. The party that “doesn’t solve problems” told you not to spend so much money. Your governor said during the election that there was not a deficit in Washington state.” We have a $9 billion one. This is not the Republicans’ fault. The Democrats are fully to blame for this and not one of you will admit it.
You say you consider yourself one of the least partisan people in the Legislature yet you are degrading all on the other side throughout your “report.”
Those savvy enough politically (about 15 percent of the public) know what went on in Olympia and you sound foolish to those 15 percent because your “report” is a partisan report.
Those 15 percent know your party did not want nor did they listen to any Republican ideas or suggestions during the session because you know you have all the power and don’t give a hoot what they think.
Your party talks about funding priorities all the time but when it came down to putting rhetoric away and doing what you say, it all came out rhetoric.
Your party cut education funding but funded massive environmental garbage. Your party said children would die unless we fully funded child healthcare yet you funneled millions of dollars into art and other nonessential garbage.
You said you opposed all general tax increases but you allowed counties and cities to raise taxes massively. You folks are so smart. “Look at me. I didn’t raise your taxes, the other guys did.” You did steal money from many other sources that are legally bound to a specific purpose. Boating, NOVA money, etc.
The fact that your party cannot and will not find wasteful spending is the dirt on your hands. Your side is so dirty, you cut the state auditor’s budget to the point of uselessness. Congratulations. You win, the citizens lose.