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There are more than 8,000 elected officials in Washington State. These officials direct public services such as roads and schools, and the decisions they make can have a huge impact on the taxpayers they work for. One of the biggest ways you can have an impact in your community is to run for a local office. Scott Roberts covers the benefits of running for office, including a list of open positions, in his article entitled "All Politics is Local.". Check out the list, get involved and go, make a difference.
This week at the capitol, a union-employed Senator suggested that a bill which would allow public sector union members to call for a vote on the forced fee requirement, "undemocratic." Perhaps by "undemocratic," he means it is against the interests of the Democratic party, which seems to be propped up by forced workplace service fees. Despite the grumbling, three bills designed to level the playing field for employees in union-controlled workplaces passed out of the Senate Labor Committee.
The Freedom Foundation recently obtained a document from the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8 entitled "messaging tips." Inside, the document provided union members with ideas on what NOT to talk about with legislators. These included things like not complaining about the agency or management, and advised members not to "talk to legislators about waste, fraud, or abuse." Do you think government unions pay any attention to preventing waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars? Think again.
That's all for this week—until next week, I'm David Bramblett, stay informed.
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