Rep. Hunt, thanks for listening to the taxpayers and inviting me to participate on Friday

by | Nov 21, 2013

On Tuesday at around 11:30 am, I emailed you and requested that you invite me to participate in Friday’s 10 am work session on your legislative effort to repeal tax advisory votes (details on the meeting can be found here: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/GOE/Pages/Agendas.aspx). A few minutes later, the email below was sent to our supporters, spurring numerous emails and phone calls to your office (example: Dear Chairman Hunt, In the interest of a fair hearing on the subject of tax advisory votes at your work session on Friday at 10 AM, it would be wise to invite the State’s leading taxpayer advocate, Tim Eyman, to represent taxpayers, especially since voters have repeatedly reaffirmed — in increasing numbers — Initiatives to keep state spending under control – to the degree that it has become necessary for each voter to control spending at home. Thank you for your objective bipartisan consideration. Dan Griner, Carnation, WA).
 
       At 3:46 pm, I received an email from you that read: Tim, if you attend, you can have a few minutes to speak on advisory votes. After all, it’s your issue.
 
       Rep. Hunt, thanks for listening to the taxpayers and inviting me to participate on Friday. But it’s important to note that it’s not “my issue” anymore: voters approved Initiative 960 in 2007, establishing this taxpayer protection policy. Initiative 1185 in 2012 reaffirmed the policy, receiving the highest number of votes of any initiative in state history. This year, over 1.5 million voters participated and voted on the tax advisory votes, expressing their opinions on the 5 tax increases imposed by the Legislature (example: http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/Advisory-Votes-Advisory-Vote-No-6-Second-Engrossed-Second-Substitute-House-Bill-1971-Concerns-a-retail-sales-tax-exemption-for-certain-telephone-and-telecommunications-services.html).
 
       It’s the voters’ issue, not mine.  Your effort to take away this protection is contrary to their decisions, not mine.
 
       Through the courts, you and your colleagues took away the voters’ decision to require a 2/3 legislative vote to raise taxes (I-960/I-1053/I-1185). Through the courts, you and your colleagues took away the voters’ decision to require voter approval for tax increases (I-695). Tax advisory votes are the only thing left. Don’t take away the people’s voice.
 
       See you tomorrow morning (Fri, 10 am, Olympia, O’Brien Bldg, Room E).
 

Sincerely, Tim Eyman 

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