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Washington state closes tourism office over budget woes
Reuters ^ | July 1, 2011 | Laura L. Myers

Posted on 07/02/2011 9:52:12 AM PDT by Baynative

The state of Washington formally shuttered its tourism office on Friday, a move that helps close deep budget deficits but makes it the only U.S. state no longer spending money to attract visitors.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: budget; closes; gregiore; office; state; tourism; washington; woes
"It would be incredibly difficult to use taxpayer dollars to support our tourism office, while at the same time make significant cuts to education and health care,"Gregoire spokeswoman Karina Shagren said.

This is a perfect example of politics trumping common sense. Only a liberal democrat would shut down the catalyst for bringing dollars into the state while continuing funding useless social programs that have proven useless time and time again.

1 posted on 07/02/2011 9:52:14 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: BADROTOFINGER; Stoat; Libertina; Lexinom; Horatio Gates; Ramius; HairOfTheDog; noexcuses; Grani; ...

WA Ping
2 posted on 07/02/2011 9:53:10 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Liberal Democrats are good for nothing.


3 posted on 07/02/2011 9:58:05 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: Baynative

Was in your fair state last week.
My son and his fiancee wed at Red Tail Canyon Ranch in Leavenworth.


4 posted on 07/02/2011 9:59:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Baynative
Washington doesn't have to worry, I won't be touring there as long as they remain a "revenue officer" state.

I'll go to states that offer something of value for my tourist dollar.

5 posted on 07/02/2011 10:00:15 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Baynative

Silly you..local Dems are just trying to keep Kucinich from visiting anymore.


6 posted on 07/02/2011 10:04:28 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: ken5050

Actually, they are trying to create a new congressional district for him.


7 posted on 07/02/2011 10:06:40 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Should cut funding of all State ferries. Sell them.


8 posted on 07/02/2011 10:10:03 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Baynative
Maybe the NLRB can take on a new role to decide what states Americans are allowed to vacation in.
9 posted on 07/02/2011 10:15:03 AM PDT by JPG (Elect Sarah Palin in '12. America won't get another chance.)
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To: Baynative

“the only U.S. state no longer spending money to attract visitors.”

Good. Promoting tourism should be left to the private sector. If you own a motel in a resort area, or you’re a fishing guide or you run a tour bus, print some pamphlets and advertise.


10 posted on 07/02/2011 10:35:53 AM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization that must be outlawed)
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To: Baynative

Back in the ‘80s when I still lived in California, I took the family up to British Columbia. Stopped off at the Oregon Welcome Center where they wanted to charge me 50c for a state map, crying poor mouth. I compared this to Louisiana, where they had free maps and a welcome cup of coffee. Then they hit us $2.00 extra at the state parks because I was from out of state. Filled up just enough gas to get us outta there and made sure I tanked up in Washington so I could make it through Oregon without refueling.

Now Washington defunds the tourism office. They never learn. Whenever they open, I expect to see ‘em charging for maps and maybe even brochures. Glad I left that whole area in ‘88.


11 posted on 07/02/2011 10:40:21 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Baynative

Needs more Monorail. /s


12 posted on 07/02/2011 10:40:38 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: sanjuanbob

Shutting down a part of the State highway system that thousands of folks commute on every day is not the answer. When you live around a large body of water that divides the population, water highways are required. Efficiency is also required by the system in use. They haven’t mastered that part yet after all these years. And when the State harbors criminal foreign invaders the legal population suffers.


13 posted on 07/02/2011 10:45:17 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: Baynative

So, either the tourism office was making the State money and these guys are pinheads, or the tourism office was never making any money and should never have been funded and these guys are pinheads. Either way, I see them as pinheads.


14 posted on 07/02/2011 10:52:48 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Oatka

I’m still happy to live here (conservative eastern side of WA) but this is the weekend we “get” to start displaying the “Discover Pass” for access to state parks and state lands (even undeveloped DNR wastelands) and even some highway rest areas that are on the edge of state parks! Now I don’t object to the $30 annual fee for the first one, but each vehicle needs one and they can not be shared. Sometimes I take a street legal motorcycle or another, sometimes an old Jeep, sometimes a minivan with the whole family. After a few years the cost is really going to add up!


15 posted on 07/02/2011 10:53:15 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Baynative

same old story....don’t want to cut wages, or bennies, or pensions for the precious govt class...


16 posted on 07/02/2011 11:08:06 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Baynative

17 posted on 07/02/2011 11:11:00 AM PDT by matt1234 (ObamaCare: Killing mommies for commies.)
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To: Baynative

Heck...I wanted to have them closed when they brought out that idiotic “Say WA” tourism campaign a couple years ago.


18 posted on 07/02/2011 11:11:07 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: steve86

BTW, the Discover Pass requirement applies to visitors also. $99 fine. Welcome to Washington! And often the parks aren’t staffed so you can’t always buy the pass onsite. Double welcome!


19 posted on 07/02/2011 11:28:03 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Baynative

SAY WA!!!!!

(For those who do not know, that was the infamous slogan our state tourism office came up with for the state)


20 posted on 07/02/2011 11:28:08 AM PDT by RainMan
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To: matt1234; hoagy62

Dang ... I hit post then walked out of the room, came back and the screen was still up so hit post again and you both beat me ...


21 posted on 07/02/2011 11:30:35 AM PDT by RainMan
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To: sergeantdave
I agree with you on private sector initiative. But, in the case of drawing tourism to the state by advertising the generic wonders available which in turn leads to money being spent locally, I am supportive.

For the record, with the exception of the climate and scenery, my wife and I regret moving here every day and are eager to find a more hospitable home.

22 posted on 07/02/2011 11:34:36 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative
SAY WA? Yes and no, the state tourism board came up with a lot of lame ideas, the Say WA? campaign was one of them.

If defunding them, cuts down on state gay pride event advertising, dumb and embarrassing publicity campaigns, I can live with it.

The Legislature already took a pretty anti-tourism approach with keeping certain hospitality taxes from sunsetting after they pay off bonds, for requiring a $10/day or $30/year pass to use a state park or park a car on state land, for stopping sales tax exemptions on out of state residents purchasing within the state, etc. So again, this is just one of many things that the legislature considered and then enacted.

I agree that tourism is potential revenue source and an important one for a struggling economy. If you read the Irish IMF proposal for how they will use their bailout funds and what kind of reforms they will implement, boosting tourism is a focal point.

However, with high gas taxes, and all the other things that the Legislature did, I see a real focus on "spending cut" prioritization absent any examination of revenue impact, as is clear from the Governors statement.

23 posted on 07/02/2011 12:04:23 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Baynative

Oh noes, how will anyone figure out how to find a hotel in the state of Washington without the guvmint tourist office to guide them?


24 posted on 07/02/2011 12:05:46 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Baynative
The state of Washington formally shuttered its tourism office

That's what I call a good start.

25 posted on 07/02/2011 12:20:51 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Baynative

There has been a funding bump in the Tijuana visit Seattle office.


26 posted on 07/02/2011 1:36:18 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Be respectful, be courteous, have a plan to kill every flash mob member that threatens you or others)
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To: Baynative

The operative words were “Democrat Governor.”

In states with Republican governors, the spending decisions are NOT shutting down anything other than wasteful spending and liberal programs. Shutting down police, fire, parks or other things beneficial to citizens is not happening. Only Democrats are using this as a political weapon to beat down opposition for cutting taxes and spending.


27 posted on 07/02/2011 3:35:37 PM PDT by Morgan in Denver (Democrats: the law of unintended consequences in action.)
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To: Baynative

Any two million she can save is a good idea to me.

When was the last time you decided to visit someplace because of the state tourism office?


28 posted on 07/02/2011 8:54:48 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
"Any two million she can save is a good idea to me.~ When was the last time you decided to visit someplace because of the state tourism office? "

I agree with you. My sentiment is that if budget was getting cut the stuff that needed cutting should have been addressed. Like the hundred of millions they pump into the dept. of ecology.

When traveling we do just fine on our own as most people do, but it begins with the publicity given to an area like the Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountains. That advertising doesn't come from private individual merchants. So, a little investment in business generation is necessary. Indeed, most of that does come from local chambers.

29 posted on 07/03/2011 6:18:15 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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