Washington State Sen. Dino Rossi, who came very close to winning the 2004 Washington gubernatorial election, is set for a rematch against Gov. Christine Gregoire. While on the campaign trail this past week, he highlighted his anti-tax, free market solutions to the health care and transportation problems facing Washington state:
But after the speech, Rossi discussed his plans for the state’s transportation and health care insurance systems.
Rossi said his transportation plan provides $368 million for the ferry system’s capital budget to build new ferries and improve terminals by dedicating 40 percent of the state sales tax to transportation projects.
“You can’t finance bonds for future capital projects with the gas tax. Anyone who is relying upon the gas tax is living in the past,” he said.
He added his approach to health care would be a different, market-oriented approach rather than the “one payor system” being sought by Gregoire.
Washington has 50 mandated items that insurance companies must include in their health insurance policies while Idaho has only 14, which drives insurance companies out of the state, he said.
“I want to have the health insurance companies chasing you around the state seeking out your business,” Rossi said.
When Florida reduced its number of mandated items for health insurance policies, it saw health insurance policy choices increase and prices for those policies decrease, he said.
Washington is a state that could use both tax relief and deregulation.
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