When We Qualify I-1648, There Won’t Be Advisory Votes On Each Of The 11 New Taxes. It’ll Be One Vote

by | Jun 26, 2019

In 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2015, the voters passed several of our tax initiatives and each one required an automatic advisory vote on any new taxes created during each year’s legislative session. So if Olympia unilaterally imposes a tax increase, the voters in November get to vote on it. There have been 19 tax advisory votes since they started.

Since there were 11 tax increases this year, that means 11 tax advisory votes are scheduled to appear on the November ballot (it’s gonna be a long crowded ballot).

But in the language of each of our tax initiatives that voters passed, it clearly says that if there is an initiative that allows the people to kill off new taxes with a BINDING vote, then there is no advisory vote.

The policy rationale is easy to understand: we don’t need to know the voters’ opinion on a tax increase if they’re making a decision on that tax increase.

So when Initiative 1648 qualifies on July 5, those 11 tax advisory votes that are scheduled to appear on the November ballot will be cancelled (because the voters will voting to kill off all 11 tax increases with 1648).

So think about that: one way or the other, we will be voting on those 11 new taxes. We’ll either be voting on each one individually, or the voters will veto the whole kit-n-kaboodle.

Term Limits on New Taxes Initiative I-1648 expires this session’s 11 tax hikes on December 5 (section 2, subsection 2) and expires future tax hikes after one year (section 2, subsection 1).

After $27 billion in tax hikes this session, it’s abundantly clear that those dirty dogs in Olympia need to be put on a short leash!!