The following resolution was adopted by the Grays Harbor Republican Party at its October meeting. Trick or treat? What say you?
Resolution in Favor of True Economic Development in Grays Harbor County
WHEREAS, Grays Harbor County has had the highest or nearly-highest unemployment rate in the state of Washington for most of the last 20 years; and
WHEREAS, Grays Harbor County faces projected annual budget deficits of some $2 million, which will force substantial cuts to essential services for each of the next several years; and
WHEREAS, Grays Harbor County suffers from a statewide reputation for being “anti-business” due to its agencies’ policies toward private, for-profit businesses and development projects with regulatory demands, permitting fees, taxes and charges; and
WHEREAS, the County’s excessive reliance on government programs and non-profit charitable institutions has only worsened its economic prospects over the past several decades; and
WHEREAS, certain political special-interest groups have attempted to intimidate Grays Harbor County residents and voters into a counter-productive search for “zero risk” lifestyles; and
WHEREAS, the most reliable way to improve and arrange ongoing investment in local infrastructure (including roads, rail lines, port facilities, utilities, etc.) is for that infrastructure to be used regularly by private, for-profit businesses; and
WHEREAS, the best way to encourage conscientious environmental stewardship is to develop responsible industry in Grays Harbor County—instead of chasing industry away to areas whose people have less interest in the environment; and
WHEREAS, the energy industry and closely-related sectors have accounted for effectively all net economic growth in the United States over the past decade; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Grays Harbor Republican Party supports all private, for-profit businesses—including energy companies of all types, including so-called “crude by rail” and “coal by rail”—willing to locate and maintain safe, clean operations in this County; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Grays Harbor Republican Party calls on all elected officials and appointed public-sector administrators in the County to state publicly their support of private, for-profit businesses—including energy companies—to locate in the County.
Approved by the Grays Harbor Republican Party Central Committee on October 7, 2014.