So in the fine tradition of government agencies, Puget Sound Partnership is getting a new look, for $60,000.00, give or take. Now, WE realize that's less than one modest house in the Seattle area, but still. If the Puget Sound is really so all-fired threatened, it seems like a real, functional agency would want to spend every dime fixing that. Oh, yes, image does affect contributions, but this is taxpayer money we're sending down the rat hole, and contributions to PSP have never been great.
WE only mention this because PSP has a nasty habit of poking its funnel into local Whatcom County government affairs all too frequently, politically molesting citizens who are happy the way things are, and just want to be left alone.
So, what is this agency, and how effective are they? Well...
By way of introduction, the Puget Sound Partnership was founded in 2007 to help coordinate cleanup efforts in Puget Sound by:
1. Setting restoration targets;
2. Establishing clear links between completing restoration projects and progress towards restoration;
3. Creating a prioritized list of projects to allocate limited funds for environmental restoration; and,
4. Monitoring progress from completed projects.
Unfortunately, as reported by nonpartisan legislative auditors and ultimately confirmed by the Freedom Foundation’s own report, the Puget Sound Partnership has been unable to perform any of its core responsibilities as a state agency.