The state-budget battle has begun

The political battle for a balanced 2009-2011 state budget has begun. The elected participants define the high ground as each envisions it. Sound bytes flood the media (i.e. Seattle Times front page, Jan. 12). We particularly favor the bluntness of House Speaker Frank Chopp, “It’s important that we look at the budget both as a financial document and as a moral document as well.” As former nonprofit administrators, we believe he has nailed it. The battle will impact life and death realities. The depth of human need, statewide, this time around requires that we heed the speaker, “If we don’t handle this situation correctly, many people could die.”

The political battle for a balanced 2009-2011 state budget has begun. The elected participants define the high ground as each envisions it. Sound bytes flood the media (i.e. Seattle Times front page, Jan. 12). We particularly favor the bluntness of House Speaker Frank Chopp, “It’s important that we look at the budget both as a financial document and as a moral document as well.” As former nonprofit administrators, we believe he has nailed it. The battle will impact life and death realities. The depth of human need, statewide, this time around requires that we heed the speaker, “If we don’t handle this situation correctly, many people could die.”

Rev. Ron Hutchinson,

Bothell

Karin Frankenburger,

Lake Stevens

May Kay Krause, Shoreline

Jan Nesbit, Rose Hill

“Voices for Healthy

Communities”

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