AMAZING COMPARISON: 5 sessions with the 2/3-for-taxes rule, 5 sessions w/out

by | Nov 30, 2017

Without the 2/3 rule, we’re getting taxed to the max.

It’s an amazing real-world comparison that’s easily quantifiable.

In 2007, the voters overwhelmingly passed our Initiative 960 which required a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. Despite supermajorities in the House and Senate, Democrats didn’t raise a single tax in 2008 and 2009 because the 2/3 rule was in effect. In 2010, they suspended the 2/3 rule and raised taxes $6.7 billion (over 10 years). Voters reinstated the 2/3 rule in 2010 with our Initiative 1053. In 2011, there were no tax increases. And in 2012, there were 2 small tax increases costing taxpayers $194 million (over 10 years) and voters responded by reemphasizing their support for the 2/3 rule by passing our Initiative 1185 in 2012.

So with the 2/3 rule in effect from 2008-2012, those 5 legislative sessions cost the taxpayers $6.894 billion.

In early 2013, the state supreme court reversed 20 years of judicial precedent and overturned the voters repeated decision to have the 2/3 rule.

What’s happened since then?

  • In 2013, they did 5 tax increases costing us $ 877,500,000.
  • In 2014, they did 2 tax increases costing us $ 26,201,000.
  • In 2015, they did 4 tax increases costing us $ 5,173,000,000.
  • In 2016, they did 2 tax increases costing us $ 2,000,000.
  • In 2017, they did 3 tax increases costing us $17,600,000,000.

So WITHOUT the 2/3 rule, those 5 legislative sessions cost the taxpayers $23.679 billion.

So around $7 billion in higher taxes with the 2/3 rule, around $24 billion without it.

What does this show?

Olympia can’t restrain itself. They just can’t. Without the fiscal discipline imposed by citizen initiatives, politicians cannot hold back.

It’s why our efforts are so important. It’s why your continued support is so critical.
We’re working super hard to Bring Back Our $30 Tabs and stick it to Sound Transit — here’s two ways you can help us:

1) ask for petitions and help collect signatures (collect 1000+ signatures and earn yourself an uber-orange $30 Tabs t-shirt — John Berry and other Ironing Board brigade members who’ve been diligently getting signatures at the Pierce County Annex recently earned them).

2) donate (just think about how much you’ve saved over the years from our other two successful $30 Tabs Initiatives).