Media tells you not to help us with our $30 Tabs Initiative

by | Jul 27, 2017

 In 1999, every newspaper editorial board mocked us when we proposed setting license tabs for everyone’s vehicles at a flat, fair $30.  Equal treatment was ridiculed.  They attacked us for sponsoring it, denigrated supporters for collecting signatures for it, and “instructed” voters to reject it.  It backfired.  Instead, we focused even more on organizing, our supporters worked even harder getting signatures, and voters overwhelmingly passed our initiative.  

       The media is once again hysterical and throwing a hissyfit over our new $30 Tabs Initiative. 

       Yesterday’s Olympian published a condescending, father-knows-best editorial that was a non-stop personal attack on me:

*  Voters:  Stay smart, reject petty-minded initiatives

*  Eyman’s latest initiative is yet another example of how he puts his interests ahead of the state’s.  Voters should not sign his new $30 car tabs measure.  It is a craven attempt to tap into public resentment over car license tab fees in central Puget Sound.

*  Sound Transit is also using a valuation method that assumes cars are worth more than they really are.  This isn’t fair and many voters know it.  But Eyman is simply trying to cash in on the blow back over tax rates. … That sounds like a petty, mean-spirited initiative to us.

         Talk about shooting the messenger.  Voters twice passed our $30 Tabs Initiatives.  Rather than respect those votes and honor that clear mandate, state and local governments have gone hog wild, jacking up vehicle taxes and fees causing vehicle costs to SKYROCKET.  And this last session, while vehicle owners were SCREAMING at legislators for relief from this obvious wrong, Sound Transit was blocking every Republican bill that would’ve actually made a difference. 

         No relief from the legislative process.  Full-on obstruction from the Sound Transit Industrial Complex.  And what’s the advice from the Olympian:   

*  Sound Transit should consider a lower tax that reflects real costs of vehicles.  Eyman should hike back home.  

        Skyrocketing car tab taxes are a direct result of Sound Transit’s intentional lies to the Legislature and to the voters.  Sound Transit is not going to suddenly decide to do the right thing.  They never will.  Their unelected board is completely insulated from normal accountability.  One of their board members said it clearly:  “We will not negotiate.” 

        Our $30 Tabs Initiative is the only way to fix the problem.  Our initiative repeals the dishonest, inaccurate vehicle valuation schedule that Sound Transit is using to hyper-inflate the taxes they’re collecting.  Our $30 Tabs Initiative sets license fees at no more than $30 for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, motor homes, 5th wheels, and other vehicles.  It treats everyone fairly by treating everyone equally.  

        And the icing on the cake:  our $30 Tabs Initiative really sticks it to Sound Transit.

        Send me an email and let me know how many petitions you want, your address, and your phone number.  I will find an Office Depot, Staples, or Kinko’s near you, order the petitions for you, and all you need to do is pick them up.  It is a petition distribution revolution that nearly 100 supporters have already taken advantage of.  

        But to collect 300,000 signatures over the next 5 months, we need a lot more supporters to step up and help.