Massive tax increases will be imposed next year unless voters pass I-1366
This year’s Legislature raised taxes a jaw-dropping $17.5 billion. Why? Because there was no 2/3-for-taxes vote requirement in effect. Did those billions in tax increases satisfy them? No, it only whetted their tax appetite for more.
From yesterday’s Seattle Times: “The Legislature increased education funding by $1.3 billion during the last session, but lawmakers from both parties agree another $3.5 billion is needed … but it would be all but impossible under I-1366.”
$3.5 billion in higher taxes is massive. That’d be the equivalent of increasing our 10% sales tax to 13.5%. That’s be like doubling or even tripling state property taxes. We’re talking about GARGANTUAN tax increases.
Which taxes are going to be increased? From today’s Seattle Times: Democrat Hans Dunshee, the new state government tax chairman said they’re in the midst of calculating “how much more money Washington needs …” but “We’ll talk about solutions later, after we define the problem.”
Be afraid, be very afraid because the word “solutions” is politician-speak for tax increases.
If voters pass I-1366, the Legislature will get the message that voters weren’t happy with them raising taxes a jaw-dropping $17.5 billion and aren’t thrilled with $11.5 billion more ($3.5 billion x 3).
If voters reject I-1366, politicians will see it as validation of their tax-hiking plans and a green light to impose even more. It’ll be like ringing the dinner bell.
I-1366 is the only effective way to communicate our anger and disgust with Olympia’s past, current, and future tax-hiking schemes.
I-1366 is the taxpayers’ shield, our permanent protector, our best defense.
Why are opponents like the Seattle Times against I-1366? From Sunday’s editorial: “If voters approve I-1366 … the Legislature would be in limbo, more paralyzed than before.”
Translation? Passage of I-1366 makes it tougher to raise taxes. That’s a good thing. That’s what the people have approved 5 times.
Voting yes on Initiative 1366 in November is the best way to permanently protect ourselves from Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite.