“Democracy will carry the day; the voters will not be denied their rights.”
Working together, we’ve succeeded at giving the voters the opportunity to endorse a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment and permanently protect themselves from Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite. It took us two and a half years to get here, but despite some incredibly high hurdles, I-1366 is on the ballot.
But it’s important to remember that before there was even the concept for an initiative like I-1366, there was a justice/judge who convinced us it was possible.
After voters overwhelmingly approved our 2/3 initiative in 2012, the state supreme court decided we needed to pursue a constitutional amendment to secure the 2/3 vote requirement for tax increases.
Those were dark days. But within that darkness there was a light of hope.
In his written opinion, Justice Jim Johnson wrote: “If the history of this great state can teach us anything, it is this: the power of the people will prevail. If the legislature passes a tax the people oppose, the people will find a way to repeal it. That “way” may include throwing out legislators or using other article II remedies. In an even more commanding exercise of their power, the people may choose to enact a constitutional amendment requiring a supermajority to pass taxes. The changes in the way our state values property and limits levies followed a similar history. Consistent with the spirit and history of our Washington Constitution, I am sure democracy will carry the day; the voters will not be denied their rights.“
His words were a great inspiration to us as we began working on finding a way. Now that I-1366 is on the ballot, we can say that he predicted the future. He was correct: democracy will carry the day.
Working together over the past 2 1/2 years, we’ve succeeded at giving the voters something that almost everyone thought was impossible. It wasn’t easy, but achieving anything of significance never is.