Letters to the Editor

Gregoire sure does a lot of traveling

I asked 26th District Reps. Jan Angel and Larry Seaquist, and Sen. Derek Kilmer earlier this year about some of the expenses that Gov. Gregoire is having the taxpayers of the state fund.

At the time that I asked, none of the above could provide me an answer and processed my questions forward.

Having a report from the executive assistant legal affairs coordinator, M. Campbell, in hand, questions have now come up.

1. Why did the taxpayers fund a trip for Gregoire and staff to Biloxi, Miss.?

2. Why did the taxpayers fund a trip for Gregoire and staff to Los Angeles?

3. Why did the taxpayers fund 9 trips in six months or less for Gregoire and staff to Washington, D.C., at a cost of $30,991?

4. Why are the taxpayers of Washington state paying almost $500,000 a year for office, staff, medical insurance, etc., for the operation of Gregoire’s Washington, D.C., office?

In addition to the costs listed above more questions now come into the picture in the form of more taxpayer funds being spent on travel.

Why did the taxpayers of Washington state fund a trip for Gregoire and staff to China?

Why are the taxpayers of Washington state funding a trip, right now, for Gregoire and staff to visit a German auto manufacturer in Germany?

It would seem logical that mail, phone services, or e-mail would have been quite sufficient versus two very expensive air flights.

Would that be a correct assumption?

Christine Gregoire is on TV threatening the people of this state with what programs she will cut in order to get this state out of the “red.”

It is my belief that the taxpayers need to be able to visually see reform. Such reform for a starting point should be the closing of Christine Gregoire’s Washington, D.C., office and all travel attached to that office.

Next, stop her personal travel to California and Mississippi.

Stop all Gregoire and staff travel in the future to China because this state has no business interests in China — unless, of course, Gregoire is going there to borrow more debt money in order to balance this state’s budget problems.

Lastly, stop all Gregoire and staff travel to Germany because, again, this state has no business interests in Germany.

I believe our local legislators should start their new terms with the elimination of these wasted taxpayer funds and any others that people from the 26th District can show will cut state spending.

In my opinion, “reform” is getting rid of all waste in government long before anything else is eliminated and this state has a lot to get rid of.

LARRY L. MANN

Port Orchard

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