Another 5 am departure (ARGH!) from Mukilteo on Friday for another early morning hearing in Olympia (it’s a fact: they always schedule these things so that regular citizens — folks who work for a living — can’t attend).
Here’s my testimony against a brand new anti-initiative bill (Senate Bill 5386). This one says that before you can even start collecting signatures, you have to wait 6 weeks for the Attorney General to authorize your initiative, then you have to spend 3 months in court trying to convince a judge to OK the initiative (nuts!):
* After a Democrat senator asked me: “Do you put yourself in a different category? Because I do.” I respond: “Do I put myself in a different category? Uh, no, I’m a regular citizen doing the best I can to promote initiatives that I believe in. Each one is trying to address a real problem. If voters don’t like it, they won’t sign the petitions. If they don’t like the initiative, they won’t vote for it on the November ballot.”
* “If you wanna make sure that you never get challenged, do a liberal initiative and you don’t have to worry. But if you do a conservative initiative, you’re always gonna run into more roadblocks than anybody else.”
* “With a $500 filing fee, I can guarantee you you’re not gonna have to worry about as many initiatives because very few people will participate in the process if you’re gonna drive the costs up like that.
With your help, we killed those other anti-initiative bills (SB 5397 and HB 1537). Let’s work hard and kill this one too.
We are thrilled with the positive feedback we’re getting on this year’s initiative. The Property Tax Fairness Initiative is a bold, exciting proposal that helps everyone. It cuts property taxes 25%, caps property tax increases, and eliminates the personal property tax. It’s all about making property taxes fairer. Help us make it a reality.