In a letter published in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the unfortunately named State Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-Hobart) amusingly attempts to frame real estate salesman Dino Rossi’s 2008 gubernatorial campaign:
Washington state’s economy is booming. Unemployment is the lowest since 1999. We’ve added 94,000 nonfarm jobs, exports are up and business is good. That’s the natural result of the Rossi recovery, shaped from the no-new-taxes budget that Sen. Dino Rossi crafted as a senator in 2003.
The “Rossi Recovery”…? Gimme a break.
Assuming for a moment you’re not rolling on the floor laughing at the ridiculous notion of crediting one man or one budget for our state’s economic performance three years later… by Pflug’s logic (or lack thereof,) if anybody deserves kudos for the economy, it’s former Gov. Gary Locke.
Far from “shaping” 2003’s no-new-taxes budget, Rossi was merely following the Governor’s lead. How can I be so sure? Well, in introducing the Senate’s 2003 budget proposal, Rossi led off a press briefing with a PowerPoint presentation titled: “Following the Governor’s Lead.”
In fact, apart from cutting 46,000 low-income kids off health care and a few other tweaks, the so-called “Rossi budget” was pretty much the same budget Locke had proposed months earlier.
I know Rossi doesn’t have very many legislative accomplishments to his credit, so it’s no surprise to see Republicans trotting out this tired old saw again. But as the 2008 election season approaches (and believe it or not, it’s approaching) I just hope my friends in the media don’t allow Rossi and his surrogates to continue to make this claim unchallenged.