It’s going pretty good but we won’t qualify our $30 Tabs Initiative unless…
We made a mistake last year that we won’t repeat.
All you heard from us last year was “The signature drive is going great.” We were accentuating the positive: and that was the heroic efforts of supporters who were really working hard collecting signatures. Over and over again, we emailed out pictures of folks earning an uber-orange $30 tabs t-shirt for turning in 1000+ signatures. We talked about the voters lining up to sign petitions and the poll showing 85% public support for bringing back our $30 car tabs.
So when we fell short on signatures, supporters were shocked. And many of you said to me: “All I heard from you guys was how well things were going, so I didn’t help because I assumed you didn’t need me.”
In hindsight, that was a mistake. And we’ve learned from it and are taking that lesson to heart.
When it comes to this year’s signature drive for Initiative 976, it’s going pretty good. Lots of folks are getting petitions, but not enough. Lots of supporters are donating, but not near enough. Signatures are coming in, but not enough.
Injecting $500K from my family’s retirement fund into the campaign has supercharged the signature drive. And that’s good. But all I did was get the locomotive moving … we need everyone’s help to keep that locomotive moving.
Getting 350K signatures is brutally difficult. We’ve made it look easy by getting 16 statewide initiatives on the ballot.
But this year, we’ve radically increased our chances by starting so much earlier. A mid-April launch with an end of December deadline has really helped. Hiring paid petitioners on day one is a god-send. We have distinct advantages.
But it’s gonna require a lot more donations and a lot more petitioning to hit 350K.
How confident am I that we’re gonna succeed? I’m betting half a million dollars on it — that’s how confident I am.
But it’s not a sure thing. It’s a risk. It’s the biggest risk I’ve ever taken. But to me, it’s a risk worth taking. Because taxpayers are furious. Furious about their exploding vehicle costs, skyrocketing property taxes, and through-the-roof sales taxes. And rather than alleviating that crushing burden, state and local governments are only interested in exacerbating it.
Government has an insatiable tax appetite and they’re going to keep taking more and taking more and taking more UNTIL THE PEOPLE SAY ENOUGH.
And that’s exactly what I-976 offers us: the chance to say “enough is enough.”
$30 tabs is a metaphor for how the government doesn’t listen to us. Doesn’t hear our concerns. Doesn’t care about our tax burden. No matter how much they take from us, they always want more. They never say thank you, they never say please. They just take and take and take and spend money like there’s no limit.
Well I’m sick of it. You’re sick of it. A heckuvalotta taxpayers are sick of it too.
I-976 provides us with a unique opportunity to send a message to state and local government politicians that we’re done being taken for granted and taken advantage of.
But it’s just that: an opportunity. I urge everyone to take full advantage of it by helping us get I-976 over the finish line.
Top 5 Contributors: Suzanne Burke, Puget Sound Chapter NECA PAC, Andrew Skotdal, Tim Eyman, Thomas O’Brien