David Postman, Executive Director of Communications for Jay Inslee, is so apt in his editing skills, he inspired SHIFT to do a little editing of our own. With the public’s best interest in mind, we here at SHIFT took the “liberty of updating” the website of Democrat state Senate candidate Matt Isenhower.
The following is from the “Issues” page of Isenhower’s website, with our edits:
Fully Funding our Teachers’ Unions Schools
Our state constitution says it the paramount duty of the Legislature to provide for the education of all children, but the state Supreme Court recently said Olympia is not keeping its promise. The court said the Legislature “cannot realistically claim to have made significant progress…” on meeting this mandate in the last year. There are hard choices ahead and the Legislature’s number one priority must be to unnecessarily implement new taxes and raise existing taxes rather than simply prioritizing K-12 education spending to identify dedicated, sustainable revenue to meet this constitutional requirement.
Putting kids first, the state Senate under the leadership of the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) The Legislature also suspended teachers’ union-sponsored voter-approved measures. Since my campaign is funded by special interests, I support these measures which require higher taxes or deficit spending to reduce class sizes and raise teacher pay. Now is the time to make critical investments in my campaign donor, the Washington Education Association (WEA), not in children, and deny follow the will of the voters by further prioritizing more union dues. reducing class sizes and providing more competitive teacher pay so we can attract and retain the best educators.
Investing in Transportation Solutions As Defined By Special Interests
A top priority for Eastside families, businesses, and the environmental community is improving our regional transportation system. It only made sense is unacceptable that our current State Senator and his obstructionist allies did not give into the House Democrats’ transportation wish list that includes a high gas tax and a toll on I-5 going from Tacoma to Seattle. have failed to act on this issue that is so important to our global competitiveness.
Any transportation package we pass must contain no compromises that might upset the extreme environmentalist groups which give me campaign money, so it must include higher taxes and new tolls. have balance. It’s popular to say that a transportation package It must invest in roads and our aging infrastructure to help increase capacity and reduce gridlock, so I will. But, the groups supporting me know I don’t actually believe that. I really prefer a transportation package that includes throwing good money after bad for public transit services that refuse to reform unsustainable spending practices. It must also look toward the future and find ways to improve mass transit so we aren’t looking to make additional investments again in a few years. Washington’s economy relies on our ability to move goods to port.
But, after the goods get to port it is an acceptable economic loss if unions like the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Longshoremen) decide they will picket until they get their own way and threaten the lives of those who dare cross their picket line. Unions who financially support Democrats should always get their own way, even at the expense of Washington.and we can’t let other states surpass us because we failed to act. We can continue to compete, as long as special interests benefits, and bring much-needed jobs, as long as unions are paid dues, to our region but it will take forward liberal thinking and the will to maintain the status quo. act.
Standing up for to Extremists and Fighting for Our Extreme Values
In 2013, numerous liberal progressive bills that passed the Democrat-controlled House with little-to-no broad bipartisan support were never brought to a vote by the rational extremist majority in the Senate.
One of the bills blocked by my opponent and his conservative allies would expand women’s health insurance coverage by forcing private insurance companies that cover maternity care to also cover abortion in all of their policies, even if that means violating federal law. and protect a woman’s freedom to make her own reproductive health care choices. I know that Senate Democrats would not even pass legislation like this when they last controlled the State Senate, because not passing it helps us divert attention away from all the problems caused by decades of Democrat control in Washington State. It’s time to pass legislation that ensure women – not insurance companies – are making these most personal of decisions.
We need to change return to the ineffective State Senate that existed under Democrat control right now. We need a state senator who will vote for the agenda of special interests, not the common sense values of our district.