Shock waves from the voters approval of I-1366 last year
I-1366 was the 6th time the voters passed a tougher-to-raise-taxes initiative. And it was the boldest one of all. So the shock waves from the voters approval of I-1366 have really been remarkable:
* The state house is controlled by the Democrats by the slimmest of margins: 50 D’s, 48 R’s. When Rep. Ed Orcutt, spurred by I-1366, forced a House floor vote on his 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment, every single Republican voted yes. So the House Republicans showed total unity for respecting the will of the people and provided complete support for making it tougher to raise taxes. All 50 Democrats refused to let the people vote. 40 of those Democrats are elected from legislative districts packed with pro-2/3 voters and yet every single House Democrat refused to support the people’s right to vote. If not for I-1366’s passage, there wouldn’t have been a floor vote and there wouldn’t have been this extraordinary opportunity to illustrate the Democrats’ unified arrogance and complete disrespect for their constituents. That one floor vote will be critical for Republicans to gain the 2 seats in November so as to unseat Seattle Frank Chopp as Speaker of the House.
* When Sen. Pam Roach forced a Senate Floor vote on her 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment, every single one of the 26 Senators in the Majority Coalition Caucus voted yes. Every one of the 23 minority Democrats voted no. 18 of those Democrats are elected from legislative districts packed with pro-2/3 voters and yet every single one of those 18 Democrats refused to support the people’s right to vote. If not for I-1366’s passage, there wouldn’t have been a floor vote and there wouldn’t have been this vivid illustration of the Democrats’ unified arrogance and complete disrespect for their constituents. That one floor vote will be critical for Republicans to gain seats in November so as to expand their control of the Senate.
* The 40 House Democrats and 18 Senate Democrats from pro-2/3 districts are infuriating their constituents and they know it. Almost all of them cowered at their desks, not even trying to justify their indefensible position with a floor speech. Every one of them knows their voters want the chance to vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment. How do they know it? Because I-1366 passed. If not for the voters approval of I-1366, the idea of letting the people vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment would have faded away. But because it passed, it’s at the forefront of political debate.
And the voters passage of I-1366 makes it very clear that the voters are adamantly opposed to tax increases. That’s one of the reasons there won’t be any tax increases imposed this session.
It’s always important to remember that taxpayers were protected this year because I-1366 qualified for the ballot (no small feat) and voters approved it. Now that we have the backing of the citizenry, we must continue to press our case.
Now that the voters have passed our 6th initiative; we’re moving full steam ahead with our 7th and 8th. One is called “Tougher to Raise Taxes” and it puts a one-year time limit on tax increases. The other is called “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs” and it caps everyone’s vehicle registration fee at a flat rate $30 per year.
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