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State Reneges on WSR Treaty

State Reneges On WSR Treaty

The above headline is taken from an article in the Monroe Monitor of April 11th. "When a state senator gets fed up with broken promises from the state of Washington, you take notice." Said the article. It was Senator Cliff Bailey who was fed up because the state won't provide the promised community impact funds for double bunked prisoners at Twin Rivers prison.

The state's move to build the Twin Rivers prison t Monroe fueled active opposition form the community, and the town's mistrust did not abate until the state agreed to pay "continuing impact funds" of some $200,000 annually. The prison was built and the impact money was regularly paid as promised for several years.

Then the state announced its intention to double bunk the 500-man Twin Rivers facility. The city of Monroe thereupon asked the state for an increase in their impact funds. The governor not only reused the increase, he cut off all funds to the town.

"We get nothing," said Ellie Snyder, Bailey's aide. "They take away what we have now, plus we get double bunking." Said Bailey.

Commenting on the state's ignoring its promise to pay mitigation funds, the Monroe Monitor concluded: "It makes us wonder if the state will bargain in good faith in the ties who are seeking prison siting might well be asking themselves.

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