SEATTLE - I remain unconvinced.
And that means I'm voting "no" on the measure to pass school levies with just a simple majority.
To me the issue is a simple one: Do I continue to assume an ever increasing responsibility for funding public education, or does the legislature ultimately step up to the plate and do the job?
I think operating levies are an irresponsible and erratic way to pay for basic education.
I'm tired of bake sales and auctions and carnivals as way to raise money to hire math teachers or buy new school library books.
That said, I have always voted "yes" on every levy that has come my way. But I draw the line at making it easier for lawmakers to step away from the job they're supposed to be doing.
And if I were to approve passing school levies by a simple majority, that's what I'd be doing.
I understand why PTAs and teachers and school administrators are so gung ho on the issue. They've given up on the state ever meeting its obligation to fully fund public schools.
And while my "no" vote on this measure is not a reflection of trust in lawmakers, it is a statement of resolve.
Do your damn job instead of asking me to do it for you.
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