BIG ENDORSEMENT: 87% of small businesses vote to endorse I-1366 — ballots mailed today

by | Oct 14, 2015

For 16 years, we’ve been doing initiatives.  For the past 12 years, we’ve been pushing for the 2/3 vote requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes. 

        12 years. 

        During those 12 years, we’ve sponsored 5 initiatives requiring the 2/3 requirement and 4 of them qualified for the ballot.  Every time the 2/3 has been on the ballot, it’s passed.  Each time, it got more votes than the time before.  For 2 of those initiative campaigns, I took out a 2nd mortgage on my home and loaned the campaign $250,000 to help get them on the ballot.

        Today, ballots get mailed out.  Thanks to all of us working together, staying together, and being focused together, we’ve succeeded at giving the voters the chance to endorse a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment and permanently protect themselves from Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite.  After 5 overwhelming votes in favor of the 2/3 (I-1366 will be the 6th), the people have clearly earned the right to make this policy permanent.

       On the eve of ballots arriving in mailboxes, check out this fantastic endorsement:

“Our members want I-1366 approved” declares National Federation of Independent Business in Washington state

http://www.nfib.com/article/small-business-owners-say-yes-to-i-1366-71232/

OLYMPIA, Wash., Oct. 12, 2015 – By a margin of 87 percent to 10 percent, Washington state small-business owners support passing Initiative 1366 into law, and they want their representative association to get involved.

“When the Legislature has suspended or repealed previous two-thirds requirements, or the court has invalidated them, taxes have skyrocketed – by $9 billion in 2005, $6.7 billion in 2010, and $17.5 billion this year,” said Mark Peterson, leadership council chairman for the National Federation of Independent Business in Washington state and owner of H&H Furniture in Yakima. “We hope this shows the Legislature that we can’t tax our way into prosperity. Tax after tax after tax does not benefit small business or its customer base. I-1366 would force the Legislature to reform government, prioritize spending and re-evaluate existing programs. Raising taxes would be the last resort. Our members want I-1366 approved.”

“We asked just two questions on a special fax ballot to our members last week,” said Patrick Connor, NFIB’s Washington state director. Did they support I-1366 and do they want us getting involved for its passage. Eight in 10 respondents said yes to both.” The final tally for the two questions was:

87.1% — YES, I-1366 should be passed into law.
10.4% — NO.
2.5% — Undecided.

82.1% — YES, NFIB/Washington should become involved in this issue based on the results of this ballot.
4.4% — NO.
13.5% — Undecided.

America’s Voice of Small Business since 1943, NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including more than 8,000 members in Washington state.

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