Washington lawmaker proposes public works bond measure
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Washington: Rep. Hans Dunshee of Snohomish County proposed a public-works bond measure for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The proposal calls for an $850 million bond that Dunshee estimates would create 40,000 new jobs in public school and government building renovations; similar to a 2009 proposal that stalled in legislature. In contrary to a 2009 proposed bill, which lawmakers worried would harm the state's bond rating because of the large amount - $2 billion, the proposed bill is smaller in size and would not add liability to the general fund, according to legislators. "We’ve got to do something besides just balance the budget. We’ve got to do something about the jobs and the economy," said Dunshee.