College is about more than just earning a four-year degree. Our state genuinely has a skilled trades deficit, and we have to import skilled brick masons, electricians, and welders from other states. Those aren’t ordinary jobs where you work for minimum salary. Those are excellent jobs with outstanding salaries.
More local people in the skilled trades would produce opportunities. It would improve our economy. Our local children deserve a chance at those positions.
Justin JD Rossetti has this to say: “I hope we can give every child, rich or poor, the same great education in our public schools and colleges, because they’re counting on us.”
Forestry jobs, shipyards, mills, agriculture, and industry can all be found in the 19th District. Building fishing boats and repairing the diesel engines are jobs that require skilled trades and special training.
Seattle and Bellevue pay less than 30% of the median property tax rate, which is a fancy way of saying that homeowners like you and me are taxed more.
This inequitable structure has resulted in winners and losers throughout the years, with some of the poorest regions paying more property taxes than wealthy school districts.
The system is erroneous and backwards. It will take imagination and courage to fix it, and Democrats and Republicans will have to work together to do so. But nothing worthwhile is easy, and our children are valuable.
Justin JD Rossetti reminds us that, “High-paying occupations necessitate a high level of skill and this requires a better education. We owe it to our kids to make this possible and affordable.”
Rep. JD Rossetti (D-Longview) is a small business owner, school board director and youth baseball coach who lives in Longview with his wife and three boys.
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