Join Me In Telling All 147 Legislators: “Don’t Take Away My Right To Vote – Oppose SB 5182”

by | Jan 18, 2021

ZOOM hearing on the Democrats-take-away-the-people’s-right-to-vote bill (Senate Bill 5182), this Wed, Jan 20, 8:00am, Senate State Govt committee. I’ll be testifying against it. 

There’s no decision that government makes that has a greater impact on our lives than when they take more of our money.

For 20 years, voters have repeatedly expressed their desire to limit taxes.  They voted 6 times for the 2/3-legislative-vote-for-tax-increases-requirement.  But that protection was taken away from us. 

Before that, voters demanded voter approval for tax increases.  That protection was also taken away from us.

And our vote for $30 Tabs was also taken away from us.

Even though the Constitution guarantees the people the right to referendum (collect signatures to put a new law on the ballot for the voters to vote on), emergency clauses being slapped on tax bills blocks them from a referendum.

Case in point: there’s an emergency clause attached to Inslee’s Capital Gains Income Tax to block the people from doing a referendum on it. OFM just released its cost projection on it:

That’s why Tax Advisory Votes were implemented (voters passed our initiatives in 2007, 2010, and 2012 that mandated them).

Here’s the history:

When voters passed Initiative 960 in 2007 (and reaffirmed its’ protections in 2010 & 2012), the people required this:  When Olympia raises taxes and blocks the people from voting on it by saying it’s “an emergency,” then the people have a guaranteed right to vote on that tax increase.

November voters’ pamphlets are a perfect venue to notify voters that their taxes were raised, how much they’ll cost, how legislators voted, and give voters the chance to register their support or opposition to it.

Remember, it is the voters’ pamphlet, not the politicians’ pamphlet.

These voter-mandated tax advisory votes have generated tremendous voter participation.  There have been 72,338,362 votes cast in 8 elections on 35 tax advisory votes.  Those 72 million votes were made by active, engaged voters who wanted their voices heard.  In many elections, more voters voted on tax advisory votes than on the races for Lieutenant Governor, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Supreme Court.

And voters were discerning — out of 35 tax increases that OFM confirms cost taxpayers $52.1 billion, voters expressed their opposition to 25 of them and supported 10.      

Legislators sponsoring the bill say voting costs too much.  Seattle Times’ columnist Bruce Ramsey wrote:  “In a budget of $17 billion a year, $130,000 is a mosquito’s sneeze.  It works out to 3 cents for each citizen who voted and it reaches every voter in the state … To argue that eliminating this expenditure is about protecting taxpayers is baldly disingenuous.”

They say “why let people vote if we’re just going to ignore their votes anyway.”  Wow.  Just wow.  Expressing our opinions and being ignored is frustrating.  Worse though is being muzzled and censored and disenfranchised.

But let’s get real, this is what they’re really saying: “Voters are too stupid to understand this stuff so why let ’em tell us what their opinion is?”

Let’s send these condescending elitists a tsunami of email messages. 

Send 2 separate emails: one to Senate and one to the House.

Copy and paste into the Subject line:
Don’t take away our right to vote — oppose SB 5182. Until we get our $30 Tabs, don’t even think about taking away one of the last voter-approved protections we have.

SENATORS: Copy and paste into the “To:” line:
andy.billig@leg.wa.gov; john.braun@leg.wa.gov; sharon.brown@leg.wa.gov; reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov; annette.cleveland@leg.wa.gov; steve.conway@leg.wa.gov; j.darneille@leg.wa.gov; mona.das@leg.wa.govmanka.dhingra@leg.wa.govperry.dozier@leg.wa.gov; doug.ericksen@leg.wa.gov; phil.fortunato@leg.wa.gov; david.frockt@leg.wa.gov; chris.gildon@leg.wa.gov; bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov; brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov; steve.hobbs@leg.wa.gov; jeff.holy@leg.wa.gov; jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov; sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov; karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov; curtis.king@leg.wa.gov; patty.kuderer@leg.wa.govmarko.liias@leg.wa.govliz.lovelett@leg.wa.gov; jim.mccune@leg.wa.gov; mark.mullet@leg.wa.govron.muzzall@leg.wa.govjoe.nguyen@leg.wa.govtwina.nobles@leg.wa.gov; mike.padden@leg.wa.gov; jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov; emily.randall@leg.wa.gov; ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov; june.robinson@leg.wa.govchristine.rolfes@leg.wa.govRebecca.Saldana@Leg.wa.gov; jesse.salomon@leg.wa.gov; mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov; timothy.sheldon@leg.wa.govshelly.short@leg.wa.govderek.stanford@leg.wa.gov; kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov; keith.wagoner@leg.wa.govjudy.warnick@leg.wa.govlisa.wellman@leg.wa.govclaire.wilson@leg.wa.govjeff.wilson@leg.wa.govlynda.wilson@leg.wa.govltgov@ltgov.wa.gov; tim.eyman@gmail.com 

HOUSE MEMBERS: Copy & paste into the “To” line: 
peter.abbarno@leg.wa.govandrew.barkis@leg.wa.govjessica.bateman@leg.wa.govapril.berg@leg.wa.govsteve.bergquist@leg.wa.govliz.berry@leg.wa.govmatt.boehnke@leg.wa.govdan.bronoske@leg.wa.govmichelle.caldier@leg.wa.govlisa.callan@leg.wa.govkelly.chambers@leg.wa.gov; bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov; mike.chapman@leg.wa.govrob.chase@leg.wa.gov; frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov; eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov; chris.corry@leg.wa.govlauren.davis@leg.wa.govtom.dent@leg.wa.govlaurie.dolan@leg.wa.govdavina.duerr@leg.wa.govjeremie.dufault@leg.wa.govmary.dye@leg.wa.gov; debra.entenman@leg.wa.gov; carolyn.eslick@leg.wa.gov; jake.fey@leg.wa.gov; joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov; noel.frame@leg.wa.govgreg.gilday@leg.wa.gov; keith.goehner@leg.wa.gov; roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov; jenny.graham@leg.wa.gov; mia.gregerson@leg.wa.gov; dan.griffey@leg.wa.govdavid.hackney@leg.wa.govdrew.hansen@leg.wa.gov; paul.harris@leg.wa.gov; kirsten.harris-talley@leg.wa.govlarry.hoff@leg.wa.govcyndy.jacobsen@leg.wa.gov; laurie.jinkins@leg.wa.gov; jesse.johnson@leg.wa.gov; steve.kirby@leg.wa.gov; mark.klicker@leg.wa.gov; brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov; shelley.kloba@leg.wa.govvicki.kraft@leg.wa.govjoel.kretz@leg.wa.govmari.leavitt@leg.wa.govdebra.lekanoff@leg.wa.gov; john.lovick@leg.wa.gov; drew.macewen@leg.wa.gov; nicole.macri@leg.wa.govjacquelin.maycumber@leg.wa.govbob.mccaslin@leg.wa.govjoel.mcentire@leg.wa.govmelanie.morgan@leg.wa.govgina.mosbrucker@leg.wa.gov; ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov; timm.ormsby@leg.wa.gov; lillian.ortiz-self@leg.wa.gov; tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov; dave.paul@leg.wa.govstrom.peterson@leg.wa.gov; gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov; alex.ramel@leg.wa.govbill.ramos@leg.wa.gov; marcus.riccelli@leg.wa.gov; eric.robertson@leg.wa.govskyler.rude@leg.wa.govalicia.rule@leg.wa.gov; cindy.ryu@leg.wa.gov; sharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov; joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov; mike.sells@leg.wa.gov; tana.senn@leg.wa.gov; sharon.shewmake@leg.wa.govtarra.simmons@leg.wa.govvandana.slatter@leg.wa.gov; larry.springer@leg.wa.gov; mike.steele@leg.wa.govdrew.stokesbary@leg.wa.govmonica.stonier@leg.wa.govpat.sullivan@leg.wa.govrobert.sutherland@leg.wa.govjamila.taylor@leg.wa.govmy-linh.thai@leg.wa.gov; steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov; javier.valdez@leg.wa.gov; brandon.vick@leg.wa.gov; mike.volz@leg.wa.govamy.walen@leg.wa.govjim.walsh@leg.wa.govemily.wicks@leg.wa.gov; jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov; sharon.wylie@leg.wa.gov; alex.ybarra@leg.wa.govjesse.young@leg.wa.gov; tim.eyman@gmail.com

What should you write in the body of your email?  Just imagine you’re speaking to all the politicians who want to take away your right to vote. Tell ’em how you feel about that.  

SEND RIGHT AWAY (if you have problems, let me know, I’ll help).

 

Is it any wonder the AG is pushing for a lifetime ban on all my future political activity? 

 

I really need your help to survive AG Bob Ferguson’s investigation / litigation / persecution of me and my family. The only reason we’re still here is thanks to the heartfelt prayers and generous support from friends like you. Please donate to my legal defense fund here:


Please donate to my legal defense fund here: 

Donate by Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/timdefense
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By mailing a check: Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund, 500 106th Ave NE #709, Bellevue, WA, 98004

In addition, we worked really hard on our $30 Tabs Initiative.

We got I-976 qualified, passed, and upheld by that King County judge. Karen and I sacrificed a lot — we sold off our retirement fund to kickstart its signature drive: 

We’re asking folks to donate to our PAC so we can get paid back and they’ll also be used to stop Inslee’s Income Tax and Carbon Tax Schemes. Please help:

Paypal: https://tinyurl.com/ContributionByPayPal
Debit Card / Credit Card: https://tinyurl.com/ContributionByCard
Or mail a check — made payable to “Permanent Offense” — to: Permanent Offense, PO Box 6151, Olympia, WA, 98507.

Thanks everyone. 

I love you all.

Tim