Child and senior advocates teamed up today to send a joint message to Governor Gregoire and other state lawmakers: Keep Washington’s values at the core of the budget debate.
The Seattle Times published an Op-Ed co-authored by Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance, and Ingrid McDonald, advocacy director of AARP Washington. They write:
As advocates for some of our long-standing shared priorities, such as caring for children and seniors, we hope that during this process, policymakers will be guided by our state's values — that we will protect priorities like education, health care and looking out for those struggling in this economy.
Maranan and McDonald point out that the state budget hearings only focus on half of the picture — cutting spending. After slashing nearly $3.5 billion in 2009, and cutting $755 million more in 2010, it only makes sense to look at the other half — raising revenue — to create a more balanced approach to Washington state’s challenges.