Washingtonians Like Statewide School BondsMarch 10th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
The Associated Press has a story about Gov. Chris Gregoire’s favorable opinion about sending out a bond for a statewide vote.
Gregoire said discussions of a possible bond package are still preliminary, and she didn’t say what type of taxes might pay for those kinds of bonds. But she signaled a strong interest in taxpayer-backed debt to finance technology and environmental upgrades in the K-12 system.
Such projects would create needed jobs and boost consumer spending while making schools more energy-efficient and improving the quality of public education, she said.
“We’ve got to have a 21st-century education system coming out of this recession,” Gregoire said. “That’s the way in which our kids, and we as a state, are going to be able to compete.”
The Secretary of State’s office followed with evidence that such measures have done well in Washington in the past.
If my search, using the link the secretary provides on the blog,
is correct, out of nine bonds submitted to voters in
Whashingon’s Washington’s system, eight were approved.