STATE Treasurer Jim McIntire, Democrat, has earned re-election.

In his first four-year term, the former Seattle legislator managed the state’s credit through a period of economic crisis, keeping Wall Street satisfied about Washington’s ability to pay.

Among state legislators, he has promoted good ideas, such as the new state debt limit, which is on the November ballot as Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution 8221, and has poured scorn on bad ideas, such as the proposal by House Democrats to postpone a $405 million payment to public schools.

He called that one “a felony gimmick,” and his deft phrasing helped sink it.

McIntire has been a voice of financial reality on such subjects as the setting of bridge tolls and the creation of a state bank. He has looked out for the interests of voters, and they should return him.