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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Smarter Gov WA
SGW Weekly Round-Up
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber resigned this week,
brought down by a growing scandal in which his fiancée accepted large
consulting contracts from environmental groups while also serving an
official role in his administration as a green energy advisor.
The scandal hinges on more than just
financial impropriety, though. We are learning more about just how
closely connected outside environmental groups are to policy makers –
just in Oregon, but Washington too (to learn more, read the coverage at ShiftWA.org). The annual Skamania conference,
for instance, involves
government employees getting together with environmental donors to
essentially pitch them for money and plan how to coordinate politically.
The scandal in Oregon is a reminder of how easy it is to ignore or
dismiss unethical and improper behavior when it’s done in the name of a
“good” cause. When it comes to the public’s trust, “good” isn’t good
– Rob McKenna
On SGW this week
School funding – everybody is
49th You can use statistics to prove just about anything you need to,
which is why "in the past year alone at least a dozen states have been ranked 49th in K-12 spending." Could it be? Progress on transportation The state Senate unveiled a promising transportation package that will
help boost Washington’s economy. Rob lists four reasons why now is the time to pass a new package. Voters deserve more info about initiative impacts Some would rather keep voters in the dark, but Sen. Joe Fain has a smart proposal to
inform voters about an initiative’s cost right on the ballot. Citizens deserve to know this information when making state law.
This week's interesting links
ShiftWA: Kitzhaber resigns
– same groups behind scandal active in Inslee admin, too
Seattle Times: Appeal filed to
stop logging on land burned in Carlton wildfire
Crosscut: Transportation plan
barrels past quarrels