Washington state needs to find ways to encourage businesses and non-profit groups to work together to improve communities, a Spokane neighborhood worker said Monday.
“We need to promote community revitalization,” said Jeff Gombosky, a Democratic candidate for the state House of Representatives.
He believes state tax codes should be revised to give corporations an incentive to donate to non-profit groups working to solve community problems.
Gombosky also would like the state to encourage companies to relocate or expand in Washington through tax incentives.
A one-time legislative aide, Gombosky is a former AmericorpsVISTA worker who now serves as the director of the Institute of Neighborhood Leadership at Northeast Community Center.
He is the first Democrat to announce a campaign for the 3rd District state House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Dennis Dellwo.
Gov. Mike Lowry announced Friday he was appointing Dellwo to the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.
Gombosky, 24, said his service with Americorps allowed him to pay off college loans. He worries that loans for future college students will become harder to obtain, keeping some out of higher education.
“If the federal government is not going to provide money for loans, the state should be ready to do that,” he said.
On public schools, Gombosky opposes a statewide initiative that would allow parents to receive vouchers that could be used at private schools. That shifting of state money would diminish public school resources and diminish teachers’ influence.
“For the most part, we’ve got a fine education system,”said Gombosky, whose wife, Melissa, is a teacher at Mead High School. “Money from the vouchers would really be tightening the screws on schools.”