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Take care of state workers

The Spokesman-Review Sept. 29 editorial caught my attention. I believe there is more to the story than the editorial suggests. It is my understanding that state workers have not had a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) since 2008. In 2011, the majority of our state employees took a 3 percent reduction in pay and hours. This 3 percent reduction just ended June 30.

These facts need to be considered when looking at asking state employees to pick up more of their health care premiums. If citizens can’t take care of public employees (the majority of whom are middle class), how can we expect private employers to take care of their employees?

Kenlyn Mackey



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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.