Ms. Hayden, an outsider from another district, writes of Rep. Angel’s “fiscal sanity” (“Fundamental Difference,” Gateway, 8/28/13), praising cuts to affordable housing, disabled citizens, and work programs that help local families get back on their feet (SB 5034 AMDs 240-242). But it is her praise of the defeat of AMD 246 that is the most telling—the budget proviso that would have reduced class sizes in Washington.
No doubt Ms. Hayden also backed Rep. Angel’s failed attempt to prioritize the estates of deceased multi-millionaires over the needs of our school children (Angel opposed EHB 2075). “Constitutionally inadequate” is what our Supreme Court calls such wrong-headed priorities. Instead of breaking ranks to provide schools with ample funding, Rep. Angel prefers empty political rhetoric about “first dollars” and “last dimes.” Our kids are learning one lesson from her: talk is cheap.
Her obstructionism in the legislature causes our schools to come back year after year for stop-gap levies to fund basic education—a situation our Supreme Court declared unconstitutional decades ago. This year, the Bremerton School District will dip into reserves just to balance its budget. The Peninsula School District has to beg for a new levy to relieve an elementary school operating at 150% capacity. And after years of failed leadership undercutting our schools, she now has the audacity to refuse to endorse the levy!
Our kids need a leader working for them in the Senate, not against them.