Over $35.85 billion in tax savings so far We’re fighting for taxpayers! 5 months to go but kick-off for this year’s $30 Tabs initiative much bigger than 1999 campaign

by | Jul 26, 2017

It’s really inspiring.  We’ve had an overwhelming response to our $30 Tabs Initiative so far.  Requests for initiative petitions are pouring in.  This explosive start is because taxpayers are furious about their skyrocketing car tab taxes and Sound Transit’s lies.  Our initiative sets annual licensing fees for all vehicles at a flat, fair $30.  

       For Initiative 695’s $30 tabs campaign in 1999, we started from scratch.  We didn’t have a huge list of supporters, no website, no email address.  And yet in 5 months, our supporters collected 514,000 signatures.  It was the 2nd highest number in state history.  What was most amazing was the fact that HALF the signatures were collected by 180 individuals.  That’s right:  260,000 signatures were turned in to us by 180 extraordinary people that we called our kamikazes — when it was all over, we gave each of them a 695 t-shirt. 

        Last Friday, I got an email from one of our kamikazes:  Bob Henkel from Tacoma.  This amazing man collected over 6000 signatures for 695!!  His goal is do even more for this year’s $30 Tabs Initiative.  Here’s his email:

“I decided today that I will work on your initiative again, because I’m not gonna let Sound Transit get away with taking away our $30 tabs. I’m gonna spend every ounce of effort that I have left at 87 years of age to see to it that we get our $30 tabs back.  I want to beat my old record!!  I will set up trap lines again like I did years ago.  I went to businesses within about 15 miles from where I live.  I made a loop from Tacoma to Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Orting, and back home again.  I asked them if I could place some petitions at a convenient location in their business.  I made a small sign to place near the petitions to draw attention to the petitions.  I told the store owners that I would be around every two weeks to pick up full petitions and to leave more petitions as needed.  I left them a card with my name and phone number so they could call me if needed.  And it’s not just businesses that sell cars that are good places — there are many other businesses that are also great places to leave petitions.  It is time that we show the bigwigs at Sound Transit that we are in charge, not them. We cannot let them get away with being so crooked.”

        If you’re inspired by Bob Henkel’s heroism, send me an email and let me know how many petitions you want, your address, and your phone number.  I will find an Office Depot, Staples, or Kinko’s near you, order the petitions for you, and all you need to do is pick them.  It is a petition distribution revolution that nearly 100 supporters have done already. 

        The only way we’re going to collect 300,000 signatures in the next 5 months is with a massive grassroots effort.  Follow Bob Henkel’s example.  Be bold.  Be a leader.