I-1366 is essential: without the 2/3, Olympia consistently raises taxes
We are laser-beam focused on the campaign for Initiative 1366, our latest tougher-to-raise-taxes initiative. Thanks to all of you, I-1366 is on this November ballot.
Almost 2/3 of voters support making it tougher to raise taxes. Why is there so much support for this policy? Because they’ve seen how Olympia works: if it’s easy to raise taxes, they do — if it’s tougher to raise taxes, they don’t.
Without the 2/3-for-taxes vote requirement in effect this year, Olympia raised taxes a jaw-dropping $17.5 billion this session. After the Legislature suspended the 2/3 requirement in 2010, Olympia raised taxes a whopping $6.7 billion that session. Without the 2/3 in 2005, Olympia raised taxes over $9 billion.
They simply can’t control themselves.
But look what happened with the 2/3 in effect: in 2007, the people reenacted the 2/3 requirement with our initiative — in 2008 and 2009, the Legislature didn’t raise a single tax. In 2010, the people reenacted the 2/3 requirement with our initiative — in 2011 and 2012, the Legislature didn’t raise taxes. In 2012, the people reenacted it again and in 2013 and 2014, the Legislature was much more restrained.
The record is clear.
That’s why this year’s Initiative 1366 is essential.
I-1366 gives voters the chance to make the 2/3-for-taxes vote requirement permanent with a constitutional amendment. Think of that: permanent protection.
5 times the voters have passed 2/3 initiatives that provided temporary protection. I-1366 provides voters’ with the chance to ask for permanent protection.