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Elector reform isn’t green

How green is Gov. Jay Inslee? Not green at all based on a bill he will no doubt sign to compensate presidential electors. Seventy-seven dollars a day for lodging? What kind of room do they need just to cast a vote for president? Forty-six a day for food? What the heck are they eating?

Now, the “green” one: 56.5 cents per mile to travel. That equates to less than eight miles per gallon. That’s what I call green. Your governor really is pushing green, isn’t he? Yes he is; pulling the green right out of our pockets and pushing it into the pockets of other politicians. These payments to the electors are supposed to reimburse them, not line their pockets.

Richard Stapleton

Spokane Valley


 

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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.