State Republican Party endorses 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative I-1366

by | May 11, 2015

This past weekend in Lynnwood at their quarterly state committee meeting, the Washington State Republican Party endorsed our initiative.  

         The State GOP has endorsed all previous 2/3 initiatives (I-601, R-49, I-960, I-1053, and I-1185) so this should come as no surprise.  Nonetheless, we’re thrilled to get their strong support.  

         We believe much of the credit for this big endorsement goes to state senators Mike Baumgartner (R-Spokane) and Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) who sent the 100+ members of the state committee this letter before the vote: 

From: “Baumgartner, Mike” ; “Ericksen, Doug”
Date: May 5, 2015 at 2:45:56 PM PDT
Subject: Please support Initiative 1366 – 2/3 for tax increase
To:  WSRP County Chairs
State Committee Members
GOP Leaders


Republican State Senators
Doug Ericksen and Michael Baumgartner
Today we are writing to encourage you to vote to support the new 2/3 vote to raise taxes initiative.
As members of the state senate we believe that a 2/3 requirement for tax increases or to create new taxes will accomplish many positive things for the people of Washington.
First, let us be clear, the ability of the government to take the hard earned dollars from the people of Washington should be treated differently from other types of legislation. The power of the state to take these dollars has a huge impact on our families and our communities. The more the government takes, the less families have to spend on what they consider to be priorities.
The only way to control the size and growth of government is to make it more difficult to raise taxes. Each year in Olympia taxes are raised and government is not reformed.

A 2/3 requirement will force your legislators to do the following:

*  Prioritize state spending

*  Seek more efficient use of existing tax dollars
*  Work together on solutions
*  Seek private sector reforms
*  Seek growth policies that will increase dollars coming in by growing the economy.
All of us understand the need for the government to collect taxes as part of civilized society. This initiative does not eliminate taxes, but simply makes it harder to raise taxes.
Having the Washington State Republican Party endorse this initiative will be good for our Party’s brand as defenders of the taxpayers.  And endorsing the initiative will align the Party with the grassroots as well as Republican House members and Senators who all strongly support the 2/3 policy.
Now is the time for leadership from all corners of our state to support this important initiative.  Please join us in supporting and endorsing Initiative 1366, the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative.

Doug Ericksen, Senator 42nd District
Mike Baumgartner, Senator 6th District

         Having the support of these two conservative Republican leaders is welcome and appreciated. 

          It is critical we get the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative on the ballot.  Voters deserve the chance to put the 2/3 protection in our state Constitution.

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