Initiative 1366: “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

by | Jul 3, 2015

Yesterday at 10 am, 7 hours before the deadline, 19,096 petition sheets containing 337,000 voter signatures for Initiative 1366 were turned in to the Secretary of State.  That many signatures absolutely guarantees that the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative I-1366 will be on this November’s ballot.

        “We’re happy” doesn’t even come close to describing how we feel.  “Relieved” is closer to the truth.  When nearly a thousand people take a chance and donate some of their hard-earned money to the cause, when thousands of supporters spend their valuable time and effort asking voters to sign petitions, there is exponential pressure to ensure the effort succeeds.  Making it even more stressful was the fact that we had failed last year to qualify a similar initiative.  Trying again meant tremendous faith in the proposal because we had to be able to confidently say to ourselves “we failed not because the people don’t like the idea, but because we didn’t work hard enough to qualify.”  When we first started and I took out a 2nd mortgage on my home and loaned $250,000 to the signature drive, there was no guarantee that the initiative was gonna qualify (making it no sure thing I’d ever get that money back).  Mix that all together and you’ve got 5 months of ulcers and thinned stomach linings for everyone involved. 

        That’s what makes this victory so amazing.  So extraordinary.  So historic.  Such a relief. 

        We made it.  It feels so good just to write those 3 words:  we made it. 

        We are so incredibly grateful to all of you for helping make this signature drive a success … for letting the voters vote on such a needed, impactful initiative. 

      18th century author Victor Hugo wrote “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

        Permanent protection from higher taxes with a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3 vote of the Legislature for any tax increase:  we’re now on a path to achieve that thanks to 5 months of effort and sacrifice by thousands of people. 

        Initiatives are hard — if they were easy, everyone would do them.  But it is exactly because they are brutally difficult that makes them worth pursuing. 

        You’ve heard the saying “no guts, no glory.”  The thousands of people who invested their time and their money in I-1366 have a lot of the former and have earned the latter.   

        Isn’t it great that we all have something else to celebrate this Independence Day?

        Have a great 4th of July.           

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