Senate Republicans propose massive property tax hike — will Inslee save the day?

by | Apr 23, 2015

When candidate Jay Inslee was asked how he’d handle the McCleary court decision regarding funding schools, he said he’d veto tax increases.  He said he “would focus like a laser beam” on his “job creation plan for the private sector” and balance the budget using existing revenue by putting people back to work.  Watch this 1 minute clip: 

          But more than anything else, candidate Inslee ridiculed the so-called “property tax levy swap.”  He repeatedly called it a “gimmick”.  He said it was “a classic maneuver by politicians in Olympia.”  He said it was a “shell game” that raised taxes on nearly half of all property tax payers.  He tore into it with vigor and verve.  He was emphatic.  He was unambiguous.  Watch this 40 second clip:

          The people elected a man who adamantly opposed this.  Will Governor Inslee come riding to the rescue when it comes to the Senate Republicans’ bill (Senate Bill 6109) which does exactly what he ridiculed?  In today’s Tacoma News Tribune, they report the Republicans’ bill would raise property taxes in more than 40 percent of Washington’s school districts.”  

         Inslee despised it as a candidate, will he stop it as Governor?  Can we count on him to protect us from this massive property tax hike?

         House and Senate Democrats are instead proposing a $5.6 billion state income tax as an alternative.  They’re asking “isn’t our tax increase better than their tax increase?”

         The answer is “ABSOLUTELY NOT”.  Voters don’t support ANY tax increase!  They’re totally against higher property taxes and they’re totally against a new state income tax. 

         But this is what happens in Olympia when there isn’t a 2/3 vote requirement for tax increases.

         The fact is the only effective way to fight back against this tax-hiking insanity is by helping us get the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative on the ballot.  This is the most exciting, impactful, needed initiative we’ve ever done.  Voters clearly need permanent protection from Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite.

           Success is the only option with the signature drive for I-1366.  Please help us make it happen.