Voters send clear signal: Leave vital services intact

Commentary | November 11, 2009 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

Voters east of the Cascades turned conventional wisdom on its head last week. These voters are often portrayed by the Seattle media market as conservative, anti-tax, anti-government citizens. Turns out they can recognize snake oil as soon as they see it. Twelve out of 20 counties in Eastern Washington rejected Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033. But the election wasn't only about rejection of measures to hobble public services. It was also about increasing funding for these services at the local level.

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