In the Legislature, there’s no such thing as an anti-tax Democrat.
When it comes to raising taxes, there’s no such thing as a moderate Democrat or a conservative Democrat.
Democrats like Steve Hobbs and Mark Mullett and others claim they’re different but they’re not.
The Democrat running for Andy Hill’s 45th district senate seat — Manka Dhingra — will vote for an income tax, will never vote to control skyrocketing car tab taxes, and will always vote for any tax increase. She has to — it’s what Democrat legislators do — always. Democrat legislators are tax-hiking lemmings who aren’t allowed to think independently or else the money for their campaigns will dry up.
Sound Transit has taken every tax dollar that’s available. There’s not even crumbs left on the table. They’ve sucked all the oxygen out of the room when it comes to raising taxes. My phone has been ringing off the hook for weeks from supporters screaming about being ripped off with their artificially-inflated car tab taxes.
House and Senate Democrats not only aren’t responding with meaningful solutions to Sound Transit’s all-out pig-out, they’re doubling down and pushing for even higher taxes over and above what Sound Transit is already taking.
Rather than confronting this growing problem, Democrat legislators are going with the ostrich approach, burying their heads in the sand and hoping that ignoring it will make it all go away.
At the ballot box with our initiatives, we’ve shown that nearly 2/3 of voters strongly oppose the Legislature raising taxes (and if you cut out the Seattle vote, the anti-tax vote in swing districts is even higher).
And even if voters were in the mood for higher taxes, Sound Transit has already taken it all — the cupboard is bare.
At committee hearings in Olympia, Democrat and Republican legislators have been hearing from the people riding in the wagon — they need to hear from the folks pulling the wagon: the taxpayers.