Senate Majority Coalition Caucus: voters in your districts elected you to protect them from tax hikes

by | Jun 6, 2013

1.9 million voters approved Initiative 1185, saying for the 5th time that tax increases must be a last resort and only with 2/3 legislative approval or voter approval.  6 justices did not change the minds of those 1.9 million voters; they only solidified the public’s opposition to tax increases.

       After the court decision, the TNT reported:  “Sen. Rodney Tom said, “We’re going to stand behind the will of the people.”  “We control the floor calendar.  These things (tax increases) will not come up for a vote in the Washington State Senate unless we have two-thirds votes.”

       Voters are counting on that.  The 25 members of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus are taking a principled stand against tax increases because that’s what the people want them to do.  The voters made their position clear on tax increases when almost 2/3 of voters passed I-1185’s policies for the 5th time, when nearly 60% of voters rejected the 2 legislative tax increases from 2012, and when voters elected Inslee whose platform was to veto any tax increase and oppose a transportation tax package in 2013. 

       November’s election and all recent polls show the citizens are in perfect alignment with the Senate Coalition’s no tax increase position. 

       44 of 49 state senators and 88 of 98 house members were elected from districts where voters overwhelmingly approved I-1185.  Every legislator outside Seattle was elected in a district filled with an overwhelming majority of voters who oppose tax increases, especially this year.

       It’s critical for the 25 Coalition Senators to remember the level of support I-1185 had in each of your districts:

 1)  Senator Randi Becker: 74% of voters in the 2nd District approved I-1185
 2)  Senator Mike Padden: 74% of voters in the 4th District approved I-1185
 3)  Senator Mike Baumgartner: 68% of voters in the 6th District approved I-1185
 4)  Senator John Smith: 75% of voters in the 7th District approved I-1185
 5)  Senator Sharon Brown: 73% of voters in the 8th District approved I-1185
 6)  Senator Mark Schoesler: 70% of voters in the 9th District approved I-1185
 7)  Senator Barbara Bailey: 68% of voters in the 10th District approved I-1185
 8)  Senator Linda Evans Parlette: 73% of voters in the 12th District approved I-1185
 9)  Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry: 73% of voters in the 13th District approved I-1185
10)  Senator Curtis King: 70% of voters in the 14th District approved I-1185
11)  Senator Jim Honeyford: 68% of voters in the 15th District approved I-1185
12)  Senator Mike Hewitt: 72% of voters in the 16th District approved I-1185
13)  Senator Don Benton: 72% of voters in the 17th District approved I-1185
14)  Senator Ann Rivers: 72% of voters in the 18th District approved I-1185
15)  Senator John Braun: 75% of voters in the 19th District approved I-1185
16)  Senator Bruce Dammeier: 71% of voters in the 25th District approved I-1185
17)  Senator Steve O’Ban: 67% of voters in the 28th District approved I-1185
18)  Senator Pam Roach: 73% of voters in the 31st District approved I-1185
19)  Senator Tim Sheldon: 69% of voters in the 35th District approved I-1185
20)  Senator Kirk Pearson: 72% of voters in the 39th District approved I-1185
21)  Senator Steve Litzow: 61% of voters in the 41st District approved I-1185
22)  Senator Doug Ericksen: 61% of voters in the 42nd District approved I-1185
23)  Senator Andy Hill: 63% of voters in the 45th District approved I-1185
24)  Senator Joe Fain: 70% of voters in the 47th District approved I-1185
25)  Senator Rodney Tom: 60% of voters in the 48th District approved I-1185

       You clearly have the people on your side when it comes to opposing any tax increase (and if there are any, the voters insist they receive either 2/3 legislative approval or be put on the ballot for voter approval). 

       Here’s a bunch of Democrat senators who are sticking their fingers in the eyes of their constituents if they vote for tax hikes (they’ll only do it if they have MCC members joining them, giving them desperately needed political cover):

Nathan Schlichter: 70% of voters in the 26th District approved I-1185
Brian Hatfield: 70% of voters in the 19th District approved I-1185
Steve Hobbs: 69% of voters in the 44th District approved I-1185
Tracey Eide: 69% of voters in the 30th District approved I-1185
Steve Conway: 68% of voters in the 29th District approved I-1185
Senator Mark Mullett: 68% of voters in the 5th District approved I-1185
Annette Cleveland: 67% of voters in the 49th District approved I-1185
Nick Harper: 67% of voters in the 38th District approved I-1185
Jim Hargrove: 66% of voters in the 24th District approved I-1185
Andy Billig: 66% of voters in the 3rd District approved I-1185
Karen Keiser: 64% of voters in the 33rd District approved I-1185
Rosemary McAuliffe: 64% of voters in the 1st District approved I-1185
Paull Shin: 63% of voters in the 21st District approved I-1185
Bob Hasegawa: 62% of voters in the 11th District approved I-1185
Maralyn Chase: 61% of voters in the 32nd District approved I-1185
Kevin Ranker: 60% of voters in the 40th District approved I-1185
Jeannie Darneille: 60% of voters in the 27th District approved I-1185
Christine Rolfes: 60% of voters in the 23rd District approved I-1185
Karen Fraser: 54% of voters in the 22nd District approved I-1185

       Too many citizens are still struggling in this tough economy.  Taxpayers are having to tighten their belts and they rightly expect the government to do the same.  And the Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus and the people know that we simply can’t tax our way to prosperity. 

Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2/3-FOR-TAXES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT initiative co-sponsors, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.netwww.VotersWantMoreChoices.com       

 
P.S.  To our supporters:
 
        As you know, our new initiative — LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2/3-FOR-TAXES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT — gives taxpayers the chance to reiterate their support for the 2/3. With our initiative, we’re going to let the voters decide on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment.
 
 
      Our new initiative is, by far, the most powerful way we have to fight back against Olympia’s insatiable appetite for higher taxes.