We’ve clearly shown that 2/3 of voters oppose higher taxes (it’s even higher if you subtract Seattle’s pro-tax voters). That supermajority of voters will never accept Inslee’s $51.2 billion in higher taxes. They’re not gonna green-light new carbon taxes (they rejected a carbon tax last November) or income taxes (they’ve rejected an income tax 9 times) or taxes on bottled water (they rejected that tax in 2010) or other business and customer taxes.
But inflaming that anti-tax sentiment is Sound Transit’s $54 billion tax hike that’s hitting taxpayers like a hurricane. Sales taxes way past 10% now, massive property tax increases, and skyrocketing car tab bills due to a dishonest, artificially-inflated vehicle valuation schedule THAT THE VOTERS HAVE TWICE REPEALED AND REJECTED.
Despite all that, Inslee and the Democrats are saying “We don’t care how angry you are or how overtaxed you are, we gotta take $51.2 billion more BECAUSE IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN.”
I’ve often written about “government’s insatiable tax appetite.” No doubt there are some who think that’s hyperbole, an exaggeration. But really, how can anyone possibly afford Sound Transit’s $54 billion tax increase AND Inslee and the Democrats’ $51.2 billion tax increase? And remember, those taxes are ON TOP OF all the other taxes and fees the government already takes from all of us.
In 2010, voters rebelled against Democrats in the House and Senate passing taxes totaling $667 million. How do you think voters will react to $51.2 billion?
I ask you — RIGHT NOW — to email this, or something like this to ALL legislators:
“Legislators, there’s zero chance that voters will tolerate tax increases this year. Nearly 2/3 of voters have consistently shown they oppose higher taxes, and that was BEFORE Sound Transit’s $54 billion pig-out. Even if voters wanted you to raise taxes (which they don’t), taxpayers can’t afford any more. In 2010, Democrats had supermajority control of the House and Senate and raised taxes $667 million. There was a huge public backlash where the following November voters fired 6-8 Democrats, repealed much of the tax package, rejected Bill Gates Sr’s income tax initiative, and reinstated the 2/3 vote requirement. If the public rebelled against a $667 million tax hike then, what is heaven’s name makes Democrats think voters will OK billions now? Sound Transit’s tax hikes have sucked the oxygen out of the room when it comes to raising taxes this year. To all legislators: vote NO on any tax increase bills this year.”
Cut and paste these email addresses into the To line or BCC line of your email — here’s the 98 House members:
Sending these 2 emails RIGHT NOW will help a lot BUT ONLY IF EVERYONE DOES IT.
The Property Tax Fairness Initiative 1550 is moving full steam ahead. Everyone should have received a petition in the mail by now. If you haven’t, email me back. The Property Tax Fairness Initiative is a bold, exciting proposal that helps everyone. It cuts property taxes 25%, caps property tax increases, and eliminates the personal property tax. It’s all about making property taxes fairer. Help us make it a reality.