Read enclosed answers to commonly asked questions I’m getting lately
Question: “Do I have to put my name on the back of the petitions?”
Answer: Absolutely not. If you want to print your name and sign the back, you certainly can, but it’s not required. The courts have clearly ruled it’s not mandatory, it’s optional. So don’t sweat it.
Question: “Now that it’s obvious that Sound Transit lied to the voters during the ST3 campaign and is ripping us off by artificially inflating the taxes they’re imposing, won’t the Legislature fix this on their own?”
Answer: The people now know that Sound Transit’s pre-election promises don’t match post-election reality. But the Sound Transit Industrial Complex has the Democrat Party in its’ back pocket. The Democrats will forever block a fix. Sound Transit isn’t worried about Olympia — but they’re terrified of our $30 Tabs Initiative. Why? Because our initiative allows the people to decide, not the politicians. A do-over vote, with everyone in the state having a voice, is a stake in heart of Sound Transit and they know it.
Question: “How did governments get around the $30 tabs law?”
Answer: We’ve passed two laws requiring $30 tabs and for about 10 years, car tab taxes were low. But around 2009, Gregoire signed into law a bill that allowed local governments to jack ’em back up. As a result, for the past few years, car tab taxes have skyrocketed. Our new initiative repeals all the taxes and fees to imposed since then.
Question: “Is this new initiative gonna stick?”
Answer: Yes. Our first initiative on car tabs was struck down because of the single subject rule, but our second $30 tabs initiative was upheld by the courts. This new initiative follows in that initiative’s footsteps.
Question: “How is the signature drive going?”
Answer: I’ve never seen anything like it — voters across the state are super excited about signing petitions. Everyone knows about $30 tabs. And it doesn’t matter if folks are rich or poor, liberal or conservative, urban or rural, everyone is absolutely furious about their skyrocketing car tab taxes. We’re getting lots of help from people across the state but like all volunteer signature drives, it all boils down to what gets mailed in to us during the final month (which for this signature drive is December 29th).
Question: “Are we gonna make it?”
Answer: We’ve had an explosive start, but successful signature drives require sustained momentum. We’ve had that so far, but we need everyone to pick up the pace. Having qualified 16 initiatives over the years, we’ve made it look easy. It’s not. It’s really tough. Remember that.
Question: “What can I do to help?”
Answer: Two ways:
1) ask for petitions and help collect signatures (collect 1000+ signatures and earn yourself an uber-orange $30 Tabs t-shirt)
2) donate (just think about how much you’ve saved over the years from our other two successful $30 Tabs Initiatives)