(Conservative) Advocacy Agenda Setting in Washington State
Western Washington Solutions Conference" is one week from tomorrow.
The WPC conference pushes conservative policies on health care, education, and taxation.
And it features Gov. Bobby Jindal as keynote speaker--I'd think that driving your state economy into the ground ought not to get you to be selected as a keynote speaker and to be paid for it, unless it's about 'what not to do.'"
Although, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Louisiana's budget is a hot mess: How we got here," it's not all Jindal's fault.
But constant tax cuts combined with a serious decline in oil prices--as an oil producing state a significant amount of state tax revenues comes from the oil industry and similarly states like Alaska and Texas have experienced serious revenue declines also--pushed the state to the brink financially. His putative bid for President allowed him to foist the problems onto his successor.
Still, planning as if the future will always be good puts a state government and economy at serious risk.
Next year, the WPC could get Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas to be the keynote ("With Kansas In Crisis, GOPers Abandon Gov Brownback On Tax Cuts," Associated Press).
In any case, it behooves progressives to organize similar kinds of "solutions conferences" too, although they should truly be focused on solutions rather than bromides.
Note that the organization LocalProgress is a national group supporting progressive locally elected officials. Their next national conference is in July in Pittsburgh.