We citizens of Island, Snohomish and Skagit counties are blessed to have the insights and maturity of Sen. Ron Muzzall, a seasoned farmer and entrepreneur business man.
He addressed the cost of public education which has “exploded by 78.2 percent relative to the average wage,” and this is before COVID-19 shut down the schools.
Public schools, depending on location, will now remain partially open, limiting students to two days a week and “Zoomed” other days. Buses will be partially filled, yet the cost of education will remain at its prior level of increased funding.
I envision our property taxes will escalate to fund the same schools as well the tax subsidy for the public library. No one wants to harm the library, but most of us agree it is not readily available and yet the tax base remains intact.
Sen. Muzzall voted with the Republican base against the mandatory perverse sexual education of K-12 which was endorsed by all Democrats. This legislation was addressed with R-90, in which 266,000 state voters signed the petition to halt this distorted abuse of children.
As a time-tested farmer, Muzzall saved a farm educational internship from demise, thus exposing young men and women to the agricultural industry as a productive professional career.
Gov. Inslee attempted to release 1,000 inmates in the early throws of the COVID-19 threat.
Muzzall pushed back on this premature release. Imagine a thousand inmates on the loose during a pandemic. Ron was instrumental in releasing $175 million in emergency funding held in a rainy day fund for support of Washingtonians affected by COVID-19, which also assisted the hardest hit nursing homes.
Ron also moved to economically reopen the state of Washington, unlike Inslee’s picking winners and losers and targeting Christian churches of worship. Some had to move services to the open casinos.
Fellow senators quickly advanced Muzzall in the first two months of being in Olympia into a leadership role as they recognize his mastery of common sense with the stellar ability to listen.
Sen. Muzzall wishes to put asunder longstanding partisan disputes which he experienced upon arrival to a hostile legislative environment. His demeanor has subdued the waters enough to see a horizon of hopeful change in Olympia.
Please consider voting for this man of stellar character and calm persuasion.
Edward A. Drum, MD