Congratulations – 300K were needed, we turned in 318,000+ sigs for I-1185 – YOU DID IT!

by | Jul 6, 2012

Initiative 1185’s co-sponsors trekked to Olympia this morning to turn-in petitions/signatures for the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative” I-1185.  Here’s our joint statement presented after submitting 318,000+ signatures to the Secretary of State:

       We have a message to our thousands of supporters throughout the state of Washington:  YOU DID IT!!  Thanks to your months of hard work, persistence, and support, today the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative” campaign is submitting over 318,000 voter signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia.  We really appreciate everyone’s extraordinary effort.  300,000 signatures were needed, so hitting 318,000 makes it a slam dunk.  That gives us a cushion of well over 77,000 signatures.  There’s no doubt this guarantees Initiative 1185 will be on the November ballot.

       We are thrilled!  Just getting on the ballot is a huge victory.

       Taxpayers desperately need protection from job-killing, family-budget-busting tax increases — there’s no doubt we need the policies and principles in this year’s “2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative” I-1185.  I-1185 makes it tougher to raise taxes by requiring either 2/3 legislative approval or majority voter approval for any tax increase.  I-1185 ensures that tax increases are always an absolute last resort.  It ought to be tough for government to take more of the people’s money. 

       Five years ago, we sponsored and voters passed Initiative 960 requiring 2/3 legislative approval for tax increases.  In 2008 and 2009, the taxpayers were protected.  But right after it hit its 3rd year, in 2010, Gregoire and the Legislature didn’t hesitate and immediately suspended I-960 and then imposed a laundry list of Joe Six-Pack taxes costing $6.7 billion in their first 10 years.  That single, solitary 2/3-less legislative session cost taxpayers $6.7 billion.  $6.7 billion.  Politicians proved that they will always raise taxes unless voters reign them in with the 2/3 — they proved they have no self-restraint.  64% of voters approved the reinstatement of the 2/3 in November of 2010.

       We have learned that Olympia will always take away this tougher-to-raise-taxes protection in its 3rd year so that’s why we’re doing I-1185 this year — to give voters the chance to protect themselves from tax-hiking politicians in 2013 and 2014.  I-1185 gives the voters their 5th opportunity to renew their support for its effective taxpayer protections.  Our initiative is, by far, the most effective way for taxpayers to send a message to Olympia:  the people will vote over and over and over and over and over again for these initiatives until you finally start listening.

       Here’s our thorough, full-throated defense of I-1185:

      We are very proud of our efforts, very proud of our supporters, and very hopeful the voters of Washington will support I-1185 in November.

      You are all heroes.  The voters of Washington are lucky to have such committed and hard-working advocates as you.

Congratulations on getting I-1185 on the ballot – we look forward to working with all of you to get it approved by the voters in November.

      Each year, from January through June, we ask that you focus your donations toward the signature gathering campaign – this year, thanks to your help, we succeeded at qualifying i-1185 for the ballot!

      Each year, from July through December, we ask that you focus your contributions toward “help us help taxpayers”, the compensation fund for Jack, Mike, and Tim

      Now that I-1185 is assured a place on the November ballot, we ask that each and every one of you send in your most generous contribution so we can continue our fight on behalf of taxpayers.

      We’re really counting on you!

Congratulations again on I-1053.  As for our compensation fund, we would be extremely grateful for any financial assistance you can offer.  Thanks!

Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan
Fighting for Taxpayers for 15 Years,

P.S. There are thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and special interest groups working each and every day to raise your taxes. Shouldn’t there be at least one person, one team, one organization that fights to lower your taxes?