Monday, April 29, 2013

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: Legislature Can't Get It Done, Adjourns

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Legislature Can't Get It Done, Adjourns:

Mayoral Forum Tonight

There is yet another mayoral forum tonight.

Mike McGinn, Charlie Staadecker, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Ed Murray, Peter Steinbrueck, Kate Martin and Mary Martin will meet at 6:30 p.m. at South Seattle Community College’s Georgetown campus. Doors will open at 6 p.m.  It's at 6737 Corson Ave. S., Rooms 110/111 and moderated by the swell C.R. Douglas of Q13 News.

Interesting Article from the NYT

Some thought provoking information that I hope the decision makers at the SPS, LEV, AFE and all the  "stakeholders" will read and digest.

Legislature Can't Get It Done; Adjourns

Yes, the "we can get it done" coalition didn't get it done in our state legislature.  The Governor has ordered a Special Session to start on May 13th.

I think the message here is that it takes more than being large and in charge to get things done.  Legislators HAVE to work together.

Frankly, I don't envy them as they have to worry over the mixed messages they get from voters.  Over and over, voters have said fund education.  Even the Supreme Court says that.  BUT, via Tim Eyman, we also vote "no new taxes."  That leaves legislators with,  all things being equal, continuing to slash social services and health care primarily to the poor and elderly.  Not a good choice.

I was astonished to learn of how many tax breaks that exist (especially for our friends at Boeing and Microsoft