Letters to the Editor

Common sense decision, 20 years later

Many of us try to be informed voters. We have not routinely voted based solely on party lines; we vote for the candidate who best reflects and will support our principles and goals for our state and country.

This year voters in the 10th District have the choice between two qualified candidates for state Senate. Mary Margaret Haugen, the incumbent, has served in state politics for 30 years, initially in the House of Representatives, then as a State Senator since 1993.

Barbara Bailey has extensive private sector leadership experience and has served as the 10th District representative in the House since 2003. Which of candidate would best lead our state to fiscal responsibility and stability?

Twenty years ago when I voted for Mary Margaret Haugen for state senator, our state economy was fairly robust. Tax revenues were sufficient to support roads, state employee salaries, education with no parental contribution to school room supplies and extracurricular sports and activities, and the arts.

Today, our 20-year incumbent senator has voted three times to temporarily suspend the two-thirds requirement, as mandated by the voters, to raise taxes in “emergency” situations to balance the state’s budget. She also voted yes in 2011 on Senate Bill 5958, which would have continued a previous “emergency” tax, implemented 16 years ago, for four years beyond its sunset date.

Twenty years ago Boeing’s corporate headquarters were in Washington and private sector jobs were increasing. Today Boeing’s headquarters are in Illinois and their newest manufacturing facility was built in South Carolina. Washington state unemployment in August of this year was 8.6 percent, even higher than the national average by one half percent.

Barbara Bailey realizes that private sector jobs will grow in our state if we eliminate red tape and costly regulations. Job growth creates increased revenue for public safety, schools, and care for our most vulnerable citizens. She is a champion of small business, is very involved in her community and has received awards for both her work in the private sector and for her service on the Oak Harbor Comprehensive Planning Task Force. Barbara realizes that budgets need to be based on actual revenues, not hope for future or the implementation of “emergency” tax increases.

If you do your homework and use common sense, not party affiliation or old habits, you will join me in supporting Barbara Bailey, today’s responsible choice for Washington State Senator.

– Daryl L. WalkerStanwood


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