Washington’s Coffee Fetish

With a projected state budget deficit nearing $5 billion, a gap that needs to be closed by the start of the 2011-2013 biennial budget on July 1st, it’s comforting to know that our elected representatives are hard at work in Olympia, pushing for…

…the establishment of coffee as the official Washington State beverage?!

Via the Bellingham Herald:

Washington has an official state fruit – the apple, of course – and a state vegetable, the Walla Walla sweet onion, which makes sense, too.

But if you want a state drink to wash them down, you’re out of luck.

That could change. Barbara Bailey, a Republican House member from Oak Harbor, has submitted a bill that would make coffee Washington’s official beverage.

Interesting priorities you got there, Barb, and funny considering what you say on your website:

The solutions to our challenges must take into account our state operating budget. With a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, we need long-term solutions that reset, reform and reshape state government. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I am working to set priorities, find answers to tough questions and balance the budget without raising taxes.

Coming to her own defense:

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Bailey knows the state budget needs far more attention than another state symbol. Still, she sponsored the measure (House Bill 1715) at the request of high school students in her district who are lobbying for the measure.

“Why would I want to shut my door to students who want to learn more about government?” Bailey said.

You mean, even if what they learn is stupidity?

Listen, this is not a Democrat or Republican thing. It’s a stupidity thing.

(Note: I post this snark today, knowing full well it’s in stark contrast to my mission to accentuate the positive, alluded to in my recent back-and-forth with mr. spaceneedl. What can I say? I reserve the right to a cranky moment from time to time.)

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