Seaquist aims to make state budget process transparent, prudent

Following Rep. Larry Seaquist’s retirement from the Navy, he moved to Gig Harbor with his wife, Carla. - Courtesy photo
Following Rep. Larry Seaquist’s retirement from the Navy, he moved to Gig Harbor with his wife, Carla.
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Although Larry Seaquist describes himself as a “retired Navy guy,” he has no intention of being retired from Washington state’s House of Representatives.

The Gig Harbor incumbent has already made a wide range of plans to implement if he’s elected in November.

For example, he’d like to make the budgeting process more “transparent, rational and understandable” to the public.

“My view is that our budgeting process is broken,” he said. “We need a budget process that lets us downsize and reform the state, lets citizens see what’s happening and gives them a sense of what’s going on.”

Seaquist calls himself as a fiscally conservative Democrat.

“We need to downsize government,” he said. “We’re moving into a new economy and we have to resize government so that it costs less and produces more.”

However, he fought to maintain funding levels for the state’s Apple Health program which ensures that all of the kids in the state have health insurance.

He also leans to the left on environmental issues, and he said his personal experiences shaped his environmental policy.

Shortly after he turned 21, he moved to an Eskimo village on the ice near the North Pole.

After that, he spent some time near Argentina and the South Pole.

A lot of the ice he used to work on has melted, Seaquist believes.

Now, he strongly supports creating energy in a clean, local way.

For example, he’d like to sell solar and wind power to pay for expenses associated with the Department of Transportation.

The energy from a solar plant near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge could be used to supplement the expenses currently covered by the tolls, he said.

Or the energy from wind stirred up by cars driving on the freeway could be sold to pay to light roads.

Last year, Seaquist took part in three committees.

He vice chaired the Health and Human Services Appropriations committee, and he was on the Early Learning and Children’s Services committee as well as the Ways and Means committee.

Throughout the four legislative sessions he’s been in office, Seaquest said he’s voted somewhat independently.

“I represent all of the voters in a swing district,” he said. “They’ll vote for the person, not for the party.”

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