Session ends on Thurs, here’s our last chance to tell legislators what NOT to do

by | Mar 6, 2018

This is when Olympia is most dangerous.

During the final days of a legislative session, legislators try their best to block out the voices of the people and just “get it done”. Now is the time that lobbyists earn their money, cutting deals, buying votes, and generally running the show. Politicians right now are juggling hundreds of issues simultaneously and can barely keep track of all the details associated with each one.

But unlike many in Olympia, we’re not asking legislators TO DO something FOR us. We’re asking them: DON’T DO these things TO us.

For months, we’ve been clear: WE DON’T WANT AN INCOME TAX, especially a capital gains income tax. At a time of sky-high tax revenues flowing into state coffers, why are legislators even talking about an $8.2 billion tax increase We strongly oppose House Bill 2967 because once this Pandora’s box is opened, an income tax will soon hit every taxpayer at every income level. Tell legislators to keep that camel’s nose far away from the tent.

And we need to say it again and again: LEAVE THE INITIATIVE PROCESS ALONE — requiring folks who want to petition their government to be registered, licensed, trained, criminal background checked, drivers license, photo headshot, name, address, phone number, email is offensive to the First Amendment. Tell legislators that Senate Bill 5397 is so unAmerican, so unconstitutional, that you are appalled that it’s even being considered.

The session ends at midnight on Thursday. You are I are in danger from now until then.

Legislators want to ignore you — make yourself un-ignorable.
Right now, please send an email to all 147 legislators, especially Speaker Frank Chopp, and tell them this or something like this (tell ’em what you think):

Speaker Chopp & other legislators, don’t impose a new capital gains income tax on us and don’t destroy the initiative process by requiring petitioner registration. We oppose HB 2967 and SB 5397 — they both take our state in a direction the people don’t support. 10 times at the ballot box the voters have rejected an income tax. Don’t think for a second that the citizens believe you when you say: “Don’t worry, we’re only taxing the rich people.” We all know that should your proposed capital gains income tax ever pass, it will quickly expand into a full blown income tax that will hit every taxpayer at every income level. HB 2967 is a Pandora’s box that must be left closed. SB 5397 is just another legislative attack on the initiative process. Our state constitution says that the only changes allowed to the initiative process are those that “facilitate” the process. “Facilitate” means “make it easier.” There’s no way that requiring registration, licensing, training, criminal background checks, drivers licenses, photo headshots, name, address, phone number, and email makes the process easier. It’d make it much more difficult. It’d have a massive chilling effect resulting in fewer people participating. And that, by definition, violates the First Amendment that says the government “shall make no law” infringing on the right of the people “to petition the government.” Rep. Morgan Irwin highlighted SB5397’s many flaws and reminded everyone “This bill is less about signature gatherers and more about strangling the initiative process.” Speaker Chopp and other legislators, in these final days of the session, I ask you: don’t allow a capital gains tax or SB5397’s attack on the initiative process to become law.

Subject line: Legislators, don’t pass HB 2967’s capital gains income tax and stop SB 5397’s attack on the initiative process

Cut and paste these email addresses into the To line of your email — here’s the 98 House members for the 2018 session:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

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