Here’s answers to commonly asked questions I’m getting lately
Question: “Do I have to put my name on the back of the petitions?”
Answer: Absolutely not. If you want to print your name and sign the back, you certainly can, but it’s not required. The courts have clearly ruled it’s not mandatory, it’s optional. So don’t sweat it.
Question: “How did governments get around the $30 tabs law?”
Answer: We’ve passed two laws requiring $30 tabs and for about 10 years, car tab taxes were low. But around 2009, Gregoire signed into law a bill that allowed local governments to jack ’em back up. As a result, for the past few years, car tab taxes have skyrocketed. Our new initiative repeals all the taxes and fees to imposed since then.
Question: “Is this new initiative gonna stick?”
Answer: Yes. Our first initiative on car tabs was struck down because of the single subject rule, but our second $30 tabs initiative was upheld by the courts. This new initiative follows in that initiative’s footsteps.
Question: “How is the signature drive going?”
Answer: I’ve never seen anything like it — voters across the state are super excited about signing petitions. Everyone knows about $30 tabs. And it doesn’t matter if folks are rich or poor, liberal or conservative, urban or rural, everyone is absolutely furious about their skyrocketing car tab taxes. We’re getting lots of help from people across the state but like all volunteer signature drives, it all boils down to what gets mailed in to us in these final weeks (deadline to turn in petitions to the Secretary of State is December 29th).
Question: “When should I mail in my partially and fully filled petitions?”
Answer: Mail them to Spokane before Christmas. The address to send them to appears on the back of the petition (Voters Want More Choices, PO Box 18250, Spokane, WA, 99228).
Question: “Are we gonna make it?”
Answer: It all boils down to these final weeks. Having qualified 16 initiatives over the years, we’ve made it look easy. It’s not. It’s really tough. So we need to keep our heads down and keep working hard all the way until the end.
Question: “What can I do to help?”
Answer: Two ways:
1) ask for petitions and help collect signatures (collect 1000+ signatures and earn yourself an uber-orange $30 Tabs t-shirt)
2) donate (just think about how much you’ve saved over the years from our other two successful $30 Tabs Initiatives)
We are enormously grateful for your hard work and support for this important initiative. Everyone everywhere is complaining about their skyrocketing car tab taxes. The timing for our initiative couldn’t be better.