Look what we’ve accomplished together

by | Jun 8, 2016

Voters passed I-1366.  That means voters continue to support making it tougher to raise taxes.  That means voters want the chance to vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment.  That means voters don’t support higher taxes and fees.  That means voters support this year’s Legislature’s decision to not raise taxes.  That means voters don’t want next year’s Legislature to raise taxes. 

          Prior to I-1366, voters have approved our initiatives making it tougher to raise taxes. 

           Our Initiative 960 in 2007 was passed by voters and its’ passage resulted in not a single tax increase being imposed in 2008 and 2009 (despite Democrats having supermajority control of the House, Senate, and Governor’s office).

          In 2010, the first bill signed into law by Governor Gregoire was the repeal of I-960’s 2/3 requirement (not a single Republican went along with it), and the Democrats then raised taxes $6.7 billion. 

          We responded with the renewal of the 2/3 requirement with I-1053.  Voters passed it with 65% of the vote and not a single tax increase was imposed in 2011 and 2012.

          Before the Legislature had a chance to take away the 2/3, we renewed it with I-1185.  It got more votes than any initiative in state history.  Not a single tax increase was imposed in 2013 and 2014.

          The supreme court then told us that we couldn’t do it this way anymore and needed to pursue a constitutional amendment.  So we did.

          After several tries, we finally succeeded at qualifying I-1366 for allot.  Voters passed it last year. 

          If not for these initiatives, Democrats would have overwhelmingly imposed tens of billions of dollars in higher taxes.  Higher sales taxes, property taxes, business taxes would be a certainty.  A new state income tax and capital gains taxes?  Very likely. 

          From 2007 – 2015, voters passed every single one of our tougher-to-raise-taxes, two-thirds-vote-for-higher-taxes initiatives.  The “don’t-raise-taxes” lobbying effect from our voter-approved initiatives on state and local politicians is easy to discern (see above).

          The media establishment has been downplaying our achievements lately, making it sound that we’ve accomplished nothing because of the courts.  

          But what they refuse to acknowledge and neglect to mention is the voters keep approving our initiatives — and that in and of itself has protected taxpayers by communicating a don’t-raise-taxes message from the people to the politicians.

          We’ve succeeded despite the many roadblocks thrown in our path.  How?  Because we are persistent.  We have an incredible junkyard dog determination that keeps us moving forward in our battles for taxpayers.   

          We are doing something that is extraordinarily difficult:  we are giving the voters the opportunity to rein in governments’ power to tax.  The whole system is stacked against us.  That’s what makes our accomplishments so amazing.  We are succeeding despite all-out opposition from the political, judicial, and media establishments. 

         The only way we can continue to succeed is to continue to try. 

          Petitions for “We Love Our Cars” I-869 are being sent out this week.  Our polling shows it’s another big winner.  Please help us make it a reality.

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