Tues, 9 am, 1_1366 supreme court hearing, Olympia’s Temple of Justice
Tomorrow, our brilliant attorney Dick Stephens and the Attorney General’s Deputy Solicitor General Callie Callow will defend the voters’ clear decision to approve Initiative 1366 in November.
In January, Callie rightly argued: “Plaintiffs don’t give voters enough credit. 1366 was not overly long. It was not complicated.”
Initiative opponents relied on their standard voters-are-stupid-argument: “We just don’t know why voters enacted this initiative.”
As KIRO TV said in its reporting: “It all hinges on whether voters knew what they were doing.”
We know they did.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) from 9 am to 10 am at Olympia’s Temple of Justice (just north of the Capitol building), the 9 members of the state supreme court will decide if voters knew what they were doing. Hundreds of pages of briefs have been filed in recent weeks. But our attorney included a very important point in his most recent brief that’s worth highlighting:
“The impact of I-1366 may very well be revenue neutral, depending upon the legislature’s response, either by implementing the option in Section 3 of I-1366 (referring a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment to the ballot) or some other option based on its inherent powers. Currently slated for the November 2016 ballot is Initiative 732 which has been certified as having sufficient signatures. I-732 proposes the same reduction in the sales tax as I-1366. But instead of allowing the legislature to decide how to respond to the reduction, I-732 creates a new carbon tax. If (initiative opponents’) argument prevails that the voters cannot reduce a tax and highlight a legislative option to make I-1366 revenue neutral without violating the single subject rule, then such a ruling would certainly render I-732 unconstitutional as well.”
It’s a brilliant point. That’s just a sample of one of the excellent arguments that Dick and Callie will make tomorrow. I’ll be there and will report to you on Wednesday how it went.
If the court sides with the people and upholds I-1366, then we will work really hard to advocate for its’ fiscal discipline policy in the Legislature.
If the court rules against the people, then we will fight back with follow-up initiatives that protect taxpayers in other ways.
In other words, we will persist. We will continue to learn, adapt, and persevere. After 16 years, we’ve shown that persistence is our greatest asset. And the ancillary benefit of all our efforts: we’re making it tougher for politicians to take more of the people’s money.
Nonetheless, it is undeniable that Olympia has an insatiable tax appetite. No matter how much Democrats take from us, they always want to take more.
That’s why it’s so critical for us to keep fighting. Jack, Mike, and our entire team are junk-yard dogs when it comes to this stuff. So you can count on us to keep going.
But whether we continue to succeed or not is up to you. We will keep winning on behalf of taxpayers as long as your financial support continues. Please make a donation today. With your help and support, we have accomplished extraordinary things for the taxpayers of Washington. Help us continue.