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Shea focuses on issues

After reading the recent articles in The Spokesman-Review concerning Rep. Matt Shea, one has to wonder if the editors are more concerned with creating smoke and mirrors than presenting issues of concern to 4th Legislative District voters.

For instance, Shea is solidly behind limiting taxes for Washington residents, and proves it by supporting a constitutional amendment supporting a two-thirds majority in Congress to raise taxes. He’s shown his ability to cross the partisan aisle by crafting changes to our workers compensation program that will save some $1.1 billion over the next four years and stave off double-digit rate increases for businesses.

As the drought in the Midwest is showing, water is becoming an increasingly important issue that the Washington Department of Ecology cannot be trusted to manage without a strong advocate for property rights. Shea has shown himself to be that advocate, including the water on your own land. Washington faces great challenges ahead that can be mastered, but we need the right people to do it. Matt Shea is one of those people.

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and realistic.” – John F. Kennedy

Steven Neill

Spokane Valley


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