State of Washington secondary Archives: on Budget & Economy


Dino Rossi: Big government is cause of current crisis, not its solution

Murray and Rossi offered voters starkly contrasting views about what role government should play in bringing the US economy out of its historic recession.

Murray, the Democrat, sang the praises of government action to repair the damage done by Wall Street, and touted her record of delivering federal dollars for the state's roads, colleges and businesses. "I'm working with your local leaders to provide the kinds of investments to create jobs, so you're strong again and our Main Street businesses kee their doors open," Murray said.

But Rossi, the Republican, contended that big government backed by Murray is the cause of the current crisis, not its solution. Citing the state's 17% functional unemployment rate--which includes the jobless and those underemployed--Rossi said businesses need stable regulation & low taxes to start hiring again. "It's not with more government, it's not with stimulus, it's not with the health-care plan. It's got to be with small business being more successful," he said.

Source: Seattle Times coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Patty Murray: Government action needed to fix damage done by Wall Street

Murray and Rossi offered voters starkly contrasting views about what role government should play in bringing the US economy out of its historic recession.

Murray, the Democrat, sang the praises of government action to repair the damage done by Wall Street, and touted her record of delivering federal dollars for the state's roads, colleges and businesses. "I'm working with your local leaders to provide the kinds of investments to create jobs, so you're strong again and our Main Street businesses kee their doors open," Murray said, touting millions she recently helped secure to repair Howard Hanson Dam & replace Seattle's South Park Bridge.

But Rossi, the Republican, contended that big government backed by Murray is the cause of the current crisis, not its solution. Rossi said businesses need stable regulation & low taxes to start hiring again. "It's not with more government, it's not with stimulus, it's not with a healthcare plan. It's got to be with small business being more successful," he said.

Source: Seattle Times coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Patty Murray: Bush policy is tax cuts & wars without paying for them

The first debate between Murray and Rossi came down to who's to blame for the sluggish economy. Murray warned that a vote for Rossi would reverse progress. "He wants to go back to the Bush economic policies that got us into this mess--going into two wars without paying for it, passing tax cuts that are not paid for and leaving us with tough decisions today that hurt all of us."

Rossi pointed to the health care overhaul and stimulus spending and said leaders are "moving down a path that is very dangerous."

"If we don't have a course correction in this election, I think we're going to wake up 24 months from now in a country that we don't even recognize," Rossi said.

Murray said Rossi's support for extending tax cuts for individuals who earn $200,000 a year or more could destabilize Social Security, halt the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and hurt student loans and construction projects that repair dams and other infrastructure.

Source: The Spokesman-Review coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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