It’s nice to see that Washington Nonprofits, a statewide association of Washington nonprofit organizations, is finally getting off the ground. Washington has long been one of the few states that doesn’t have such an organization.
Washington state’s Environmental Priorities Coalition has released their 2010 Environment Priorities. These are the key issues that the entire Washington state environmental movement are going to drive forward via team offense.
The three 2010 environmental priorities are:
- Sustain Environmental Protections in the Budget We aim to ensure Washington’s budget sustains core environmental protections that safeguard the health of our families, communities and economy.
Working for Clean Water The Working for Clean Water bill is about creating jobs, rebuilding local economies, and cleaning up polluted waterways.
It’s a good list, focusing on the fundamentals at the intersection of the economy, health and the environment. I’m looking forward to being a (small) part of the process.
County government simply isn’t sustainable, anywhere in the state, and no amount of focus on budget priorities is going to fix this over the long term. At some point, voters are going to have to accept that the level of revenue they are providing simply isn’t sufficient to support the level of services they’ve come to want and expect. But we’ll never have that painful conversation until our elected officials are willing to start it.