Re: "New money, GOP Senate make taxes a hard sell" (editorial, 5-31).
Republican state Sen. Joe Fain’s dismissive-sounding description of Gov. Jay Inslee as a "cheerleader for the left" is like accusing a Rainier or Mariner player of cheering for his own team. That sounds like something to be admired and expected, something good teammates routinely do.
It’s offensive for you to take a laudatory behavior and turn it into a cynical sneer. A good debate tactic, I suppose, but not complimentary to your readers or to the senator.
The governor’s suggested carbon tax has at least two purposes. One is to reduce industrial burning of fossil fuels that continue to pollute the air we breath. Another is to finally get industries to pay us for the right to do that polluting. Permits are required for a myriad of other rights. This one seems to be a no-brainer.
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Whether this new revenue coming into the state budget is considered new money or will simply replace money previously gathered from some other source would be a matter of legislative negotiation. But the idea is right. It benefits us all. Isn’t that’s what we want our government to do?