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Leading up to the 2014 election, Clark County had been rocked by multiple controversial transportation issues and it's share of union corruption. But in 2014, amidst an economic boom acknowledged by both sides of the political spectrum, Clark County has begun to trend more Conservative. While there were many close races in Clark County, there were also several examples of non-union candidates defeating those backed by thousands of union dollars, reaffirming the position that, you don't need to accept forced union dues to win an election.
The Washington State Legislature is spending more money than ever. The 2013 to 2015 general fund budget weighs in at an astonishing $80.5 billion, the largest ever in state history. If you believe the Republicans' victory speeches, which boasted of resisting new taxes and strong-arming Democrats into passing balanced budgets, you'd think at worst the state budget had flat-lined. It hasn't. In fact, this past biennium saw state general fund spending increase sharply as compared to the past two decades—not quite the sweeping victory the fiscal hawks would like you to believe. Our Big Spender's list attempts to cut through the political rhetoric and expose exactly why the state budget continues its disproportionate rise.
We are pleased to announce that the Freedom Foundation has a new ally in the war against the union political machine. Our CEO Tom McCabe announced the hiring of Brian Minnich as our new Executive Vice President. Brian previously worked under Tom for 19 years as the Legislative Affairs Director for the Building Industry Association of Washington. We are pleased to have him along side us and are excited to benefit and learn from the leadership he brings to the Freedom Foundation.
That's all for this week—until next week, I'm David Bramblett, stay informed.
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