Sunday, March 20, 2005

The State Of The State by The Roy Boy

I see that the Seattle Times has given one of my earlier post validity
With the democrats in power in Olympia, the Unions and special interest run the state.
Very little of the people's business gets done or even looked at.
Lets see, they are going to throw more money at Sound Transit, and not a lot toward improving the highway infrastructure. We'll have stricter auto emission so we won't choke the pointy headed liberals while we set in the I-5 parking lot.

This is nothing more than a incestuous bunch of self serving groups, who care only for their personal agenda, and not a wit for the business of the state. The unions are the catalyst that binds this coalition together.

Labor, environmentalists eye big legislative wins

By Ralph Thomas

Seattle Times Olympia bureau

OLYMPIA — After passing a key legislative deadline last week, Democrats who control the Legislature are on track to hand their labor-union and environmentalist allies some of their biggest victories in years.

Business leaders, meanwhile, worry that their concerns are being ignored.

Wednesday was the cutoff for legislators to get non-budget bills through at least one chamber. With Democrats holding their strongest majority in more than a decade, it's little surprise that their political friends are faring well.

The first bill that made it to Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire's desk this year was a labor-backed measure requiring at least 15 percent of all the labor on major public-works projects be done by apprentices.

Unions, according to Rick Bender, president of the Washington State Labor Council, still have most of their top priorities in play, including a bill that would allow paid family leave for employees of larger companies.

The same is true for the Washington Environmental Council, a coalition of environmentalists.

For example, in the final hours before last week's bill deadline, the House approved a controversial measure requiring stricter car-emission standards.


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