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Friday, November 10, 2006

More Greenbacks for Greens?

As reported by The Seattle Times, the Democrat majorities in Congress may give the "greens" more greenbacks:

With Democrats now in power, Dicks outlined an ambitious environmental agenda. He said he would use the power of the purse in Appropriations to help clean up Puget Sound, provide more money for Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks and force the EPA to enforce pollution standards.

Dicks also wants to hold hearings on the impact of global warming, particularly on Puget Sound fish and wildlife.

"The state is one of the big winners in this election," said Heather Weiner, a longtime D.C. environmental lobbyist now based in Seattle. "It's all about the chairmanships and all about appropriations, all about the money."

Assuming the other 49 states go along with it, perhaps more money will be spent in Washington state on parks, the sound, etc. I wonder how big their wish list is, and whether they can do much of it without tax increases.


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