Posts tagged ‘Budget Gap’

April 20, 2012

Rep. Moeller, “Constituents Make a Sham Out Of the Process”

by lewwaters

It’s no secret that Democrat Jim Moeller, Representative for the heavily Democrat 49th Legislative District in Washington State is pro taxes. We have even nicknamed him “Da Taxman” over this love of hanging more and more taxes on the backs of taxpayers, even though his district is in the 4th year in a row of double digit unemployment.

To combat this ‘tax happy’ attitude of Olympia Democrats, who have maintained a stranglehold on the state government for over a decade now, voters have repeatedly passed constitutional initiatives requiring the legislature to have a two thirds ‘Super Majority’ vote in order to stick more taxes on us.

Each has been discarded by the governor and legislature as soon as legally possible, giving the Democrat majority an easier time taxing us to death.

Enter Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 in 2010 once again requiring the legislature to achieve that two thirds majority to impose and raise taxes on us or put them to the voters for a majority vote. The initiative was passed by voters with a wide 64% margin statewide. Locally, including Moeller’s own district he says he represents, it passed by a 71.3 percent margin.

Completely ignoring that the “will of the people” is that the legislature require such a two thirds Super Majority vote for taxes, Special Interests and some Democrats, including Jim Moeller filed a lawsuit against the people’s voice claiming, “Changing the constitution and our right to vote by initiative, no matter what percentage it passed by, is unconstitutional.”

The right to Citizen Initiative is written into the Washington State Constitution, Article II Section 1.

The case was recently argued before King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller and is in his hands.

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April 11, 2012

Weary-Eyed Legislators FINALLY Pass a Budget

by lewwaters

After what seems like almost an eternity, Washington State Legislators finally wrapped up another special session to write a budget that should have been accomplished during regular session this term.

The ongoing battle and ignoring a $1.5 Billion budget gap in order to ram homosexual marriage down the throats of taxpayers ended early Wednesday morning and exhausted legislators, held in the legislature overnight by Governor Gregoire announced, “It’s balanced, it doesn’t cut education, we have an agreement, and it’s a quarter to five” by House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Erik Smith of Washington State Wire reports,

“The 64-34 vote on that measure was one of the final moves in a 40-hour legislative endgame that settled all the loose ends of the 2012 Legislature. Just after 6 a.m., the same bill cleared the Senate 44-2.”

Before going to bed last evening, I left a comment on a Columbian article announcing yet another special session due to the legislature not finalizing a budget still of, “Still fighting the only true bipartisan budget proposed?” My comment relates back to the bipartisan “Ninth Order” maneuver we saw in the closing hours of the regular session earlier in March.

Rep. Jim Moeller D. Vancouver who labeled the maneuver “the worst abuse of power” he had ever seen, replied in the wee hours of this morning,

“The budget is not the issue. The tough decisions are always made on the last day, at the last minute. It’s how the system is set up and that will not change. If we had a king, we would not have to work out our differences like we do now. The decisions would be made for us. I like this way much better. I’ll bet just about everyone else does too.”

Moeller, it must be remembered, was one legislator identified as accepting per diem during the special session while essentially doing little or nothing!

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March 31, 2012

Updated: Oregonian: Rep Moeller Drawing Per Diem During Special Session!

by lewwaters

After ignoring the $1.5 Billion budget gap for the first half of the regular session on homosexual marriage and locking out Republicans and moderate Democrats from last minute budget negotiations, the governor had to call yet another special session in hopes of actually getting  budget written and passed.

While in Olympia doing what we supposedly voted these representatives in for, each are allowed to draw up to $90 a day per diem to help offset temporary living expenses while working  in Olympia.

Yet we now read from the Oregonian,

“Three weeks into the special session, the Capitol looks more like a ghost town than the bustling center of state budget negotiations.

Budget talks remained in limbo this week. Mostly just party leaders in the House and Senate and a handful of key budget writers — including Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield — have stayed in town to work toward settling the Legislature’s unfinished business.”

“Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers who have gone home to their districts continue to collect per diem. The most they can take is $90 a day.”

“The House is producing a report on which representatives are taking the pay.”

Vancouver Democrats Reps. Jim Moeller and Tim Probst are taking per diem. Republican Reps. Ann Rivers from La Center, Ed Orcutt of Kalama and Paul Harris from Vancouver said they are not taking the pay.”

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How many different ways can Democrats stick it to taxpayers? Why are taxpayers paying these people extra money to sit on their butts??

UPDATE: A more recent Columbian article says Tim Probst is not receiving per diem.

March 12, 2011

Public Union Thuggery Headed to Washington State?

by lewwaters

Like Wisconsin, Washington State faces a multi-Billion dollar budget deficit and is constitutionally required to balance the budget. Past efforts have come up short and although balanced on paper, have resulted in the deficit gap just being kicked down the road to be dealt with later.

Later has arrived and even governor Gregoire is calling for drastic cuts in areas she doesn’t agree with. But, difficult decisions must be made in order to avoid slipping into bankruptcy.

Democrat Representative of the 49th legislative district, Jim Moeller continues to create ways to take more money from citizens in the state, showing his unwillingness to cut out wasteful spending, which has gotten us into this budgetary crisis. One such example would be his tax we all dubbed the ‘candy & soda tax’ that heaped taxes on some candy bars and other comfort products. It was easily thrown out by voters in the November 2010 election, after we succeeded in having his legislation put before voters.

One area of concern that has been the subject of calls to be dealt with by taxpayers is public union benefits and wages, often that are much more generous than those a private sector counter-part. A report issued by the State Auditor’s Office in December 2010 shows that the State’s Unfunded Liabilities are a Whopping $24.1 Billion, a significant portion of which is union pensions.

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January 17, 2011

Compensation Due Exonerated Inmates?

by lewwaters

The wheels of justice are slow moving and at times not moving at all, it seems. But by and large they do roll and even when a wrong was committed, such as convicting innocent people, correction of that wrong does happen.

I once knew an Army JAG (Judge Advocate General) Officer, an attorney, who told me he was taught in Law School, “It is better that 10 guilty go free than 1 innocent be convicted.” Unfortunately, innocent people are convicted, due to misidentification; wrongful recollection of victims and witnesses, overly zealous prosecutors, inept defense counsel, the list is almost endless.

We don’t have a perfect justice system, but we strive to be just and correct wrongs once discovered.

Such was the case with two convicted men in 1993 of the rape of a La Center woman, exonerated by DNA evidence last year in July. The improvements in DNA Evidence showed that neither man was responsible for the crime and charges were dropped, they were set free.

Due to no fault of their own, they also were exonerated in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in our countries history. The reasons why the economy is so bad are debated with fingers pointing everywhere, but the fact remains, their freedom came at a time the country is deeply struggling and many areas are facing double digit unemployment.

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