Our government should set priorities and then fund those priorities. That is why I am supporting Sen. Doug Ericksen for re-election. For the past 20 years, the democrats have controlled the spending in Washington state. They say that they are in favor of fully funding education. Yet in the past 30 years, general government spending has grown at twice the rate of educational spending. It doesn't look to me like education is a priority for those folk.
With Sen. Ericksen's leadership, that number was flipped. Sen. Ericksen's budget spent two-thirds of all budget growth on education. For the first time in 30 years college tuition did not go up. Sen. Ericksen supports legislation to dedicate two-thirds of all budget growth for the next eight years to education. Now that is real leadership. That is why I support Sen. Ericksen.