We're broke! So now is not the right time to ask Seattle voters to fund bike improvements, now is not the right time to put a light-rail extension before the voters, now is not the right time for bus drivers to get the raise they're entitled to... but somehow "now" is the right time for Frank to get a tax cut. Says Goldy:
How about this? Metro bus drivers should agree to give up their contractually guaranteed 2-percent COLA increase if the Seattle Times agrees to give up its 40-percent B&O tax cut for whichFrank Blethen successfully lobbied last year. I mean, if, as the Times editorial board argues, “the public sector is not in a position to pay out COLAs right now,” then certainly the public sector is not in a position to hand out 40-percent tax cuts to wealthy, Mercer Island millionaires. Right?
And, hey, here's an idea: the city can ask Seattle voters to fund bike improvements—or a light-rail extension to Ballard and West Seattle—and if Seattle voters don't wanna pay for bike improvements, if now is not the time, they can say no.