Letter: Progress blocked by Herrera Beutler
Friday, June 24, 2011
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, seems solidly on track to become the worst representative we have ever had.
Now she throws a monkey wrench into the Columbia River Crossing. All this, seeking to avoid a sales tax increase of 10 cents per $100 to fund operation and maintenance for light rail, but she is not sure she is for or against light rail. For our metropolitan area’s transportation future, I certainly will be willing to pay such an insignificant sales tax increase.
Maybe it’s just her blind loyalty to Grover Norquist’s (founder of Americans for Tax Reform) simplistic “no tax increase pledge” that makes 10 cents extra on a $100 purchase a really big thing.
Surely she can see every day how Metro has kept the Washington, D.C., area from experiencing humongous transportation chaos.
What was she thinking?
James M. Davidson