Why special session? Democrats’ demand for higher taxes

by | May 2, 2017

From day one of this year’s legislative session, Republicans had a no-new-taxes plan.  They introduced it, fought for it, and passed it.  They are insisting on two basic principles:
 
*  No new taxes 

*  A public vote on any tax increase  

         On the other side, Inslee and the Democrats are demanding higher taxes and oppose letting the voters vote on any tax increase. 

         Repeated ballot box victories clearly show that 2/3 of voters are against the Legislature raising taxes.  Subtract the Seattle vote and the anti-tax vote is even higher.  Swing district voters are overwhelmingly opposed to higher taxes.  

         House and Senate Democrats are only representing Seattle when it comes to taxes.  Inslee is acting like the Governor of Seattle, not the Governor of Washington state.

         Sen. Tim Sheldon is the only Democrat who stands up for taxpayers.  No other Democrat legislator does that.  Not Guy Palumbo, Mark Mullett, Steve Hobbs, Dean Takko — every one of them is a de facto senator from Seattle. 

        A special session has been called because the Democrats insist on ignoring what 2/3 of voters want — and that’s a no-new-taxes budget. 

        Voters don’t want a new state income tax or new taxes on customers of businesses or higher car tab taxes or property taxes or sales taxes or …

        We’re taxed enough already.  And that existing tax burden is generating $3 billion more in revenue for the Legislature to write a no-new-taxes budget. 

        Taxpayers are being forced to pay for special session after special session, per diem after per diem, staff costs after staff costs BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRATS’ DEMAND FOR HIGHER TAXES.  

 

         I ask you — RIGHT NOW — to email this, or something like this to ALL legislators:

“House and Senate Democrats, it’s your fault there’s a special session.  Your demand for higher taxes is the only reason things are getting delayed.  Why should taxpayers be forced to pay for your failure to do your job?  It’s past time for you to accept the reality that 2/3 of voters oppose the Legislature raising taxes.  We’re taxed enough already.  It is undeniable that Sound Transit’s all-out pig-out on taxes is a big reason the people can’t support higher taxes.  Skyrocketing car tab taxes, burdensome property taxes, crushing sales taxes — they’ve sucked all the oxygen out of the room when it comes to taxes.  You’ve got nearly $3 billion more in revenue so you can easily adopt a no-new-taxes budget.  There’s no way the taxpayers will tolerate higher taxes this year, not with Sound Transit’s car tab rip-off.  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:

sherry.appleton@leg.wa.govandrew.barkis@leg.wa.govsteve.bergquist@leg.wa.govbrian.blake@leg.wa.govvincent.buys@leg.wa.govmichelle.caldier@leg.wa.govbruce.chandler@leg.wa.govmike.chapman@leg.wa.govfrank.chopp@leg.wa.govjudy.clibborn@leg.wa.goveileen.cody@leg.wa.govcary.condotta@leg.wa.govrichard.debolt@leg.wa.govtom.dent@leg.wa.govbeth.doglio@leg.wa.govlaurie.dolan@leg.wa.govmary.dye@leg.wa.govjessyn.farrell@leg.wa.govjake.fey@leg.wa.govjoe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.govnoel.frame@leg.wa.govroger.goodman@leg.wa.govpaul.graves@leg.wa.govmia.gregerson@leg.wa.govdan.griffey@leg.wa.govlarry.haler@leg.wa.govdrew.hansen@leg.wa.govmark.hargrove@leg.wa.govmark.harmsworth@leg.wa.govpaul.harris@leg.wa.govdave.hayes@leg.wa.govjeff.holy@leg.wa.govzack.hudgins@leg.wa.govmorgan.irwin@leg.wa.govbill.jenkin@leg.wa.govlaurie.jinkins@leg.wa.govnorm.johnson@leg.wa.govruth.kagi@leg.wa.govchristine.kilduff@leg.wa.govsteve.kirby@leg.wa.govbrad.klippert@leg.wa.govshelley.kloba@leg.wa.govjohn.koster@leg.wa.govvicki.kraft@leg.wa.govjoel.kretz@leg.wa.govdan.kristiansen@leg.wa.govjohn.lovick@leg.wa.govkristine.lytton@leg.wa.govdrew.macewen@leg.wa.govnicole.macri@leg.wa.govmatt.manweller@leg.wa.govjacquelin.maycumber@leg.wa.govjoan.mcbride@leg.wa.govgina.mccabe@leg.wa.govbob.mccaslin@leg.wa.govjeff.morris@leg.wa.govdick.muri@leg.wa.govterry.nealey@leg.wa.goved.orcutt@leg.wa.gov; timm.ormsby@leg.wa.gov; lillian.ortiz-self@leg.wa.govtina.orwall@leg.wa.govkevin.parker@leg.wa.govmike.pellicciotti@leg.wa.govstrom.peterson@leg.wa.goveric.pettigrew@leg.wa.govliz.pike@leg.wa.govgerry.pollet@leg.wa.govkristine.reeves@leg.wa.govmarcus.riccelli@leg.wa.govjune.robinson@leg.wa.govjay.rodne@leg.wa.govcindy.ryu@leg.wa.govsharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.govdavid.sawyer@leg.wa.govjoe.schmick@leg.wa.govmike.sells@leg.wa.govtana.senn@leg.wa.govmatt.shea@leg.wa.govvandana.slatter@leg.wa.govnorma.smith@leg.wa.govlarry.springer@leg.wa.govmelanie.stambaugh@leg.wa.govderek.stanford@leg.wa.govmike.steele@leg.wa.govdrew.stokesbary@leg.wa.govmonica.stonier@leg.wa.govpat.sullivan@leg.wa.govgael.tarleton@leg.wa.govdavid.taylor@leg.wa.govsteve.tharinger@leg.wa.govluanne.vanwerven@leg.wa.govbrandon.vick@leg.wa.govmike.volz@leg.wa.govjim.walsh@leg.wa.govjt.wilcox@leg.wa.govsharon.wylie@leg.wa.govjesse.young@leg.wa.govtim_eyman@comcast.net

         Send a separate email for the Senate:

jan.angel@leg.wa.govbarbara.bailey@leg.wa.govmichael.baumgartner@leg.wa.govrandi.becker@leg.wa.govandy.billig@leg.wa.govjohn.braun@leg.wa.govsharon.brown@leg.wa.govreuven.carlyle@leg.wa.govmaralyn.chase@leg.wa.govannette.cleveland@leg.wa.govsteve.conway@leg.wa.govj.darneille@leg.wa.govjeannie.darneille@leg.wa.govdoug.ericksen@leg.wa.govjoe.fain@leg.wa.govphil.fortunato@leg.wa.govdavid.frockt@leg.wa.govcyrus.habib@leg.wa.govbob.hasegawa@leg.wa.govbrad.hawkins@leg.wa.govsteve.hobbs@leg.wa.govjim.honeyford@leg.wa.govsam.hunt@leg.wa.govkaren.keiser@leg.wa.govcurtis.king@leg.wa.govpatty.kuderer@leg.wa.govmarko.liias@leg.wa.govjohn.mccoy@leg.wa.govmark.miloscia@leg.wa.govmark.mullet@leg.wa.govsharon.nelson@leg.wa.govsteve.oban@leg.wa.govmike.padden@leg.wa.govguy.palumbo@leg.wa.govkirk.pearson@leg.wa.govjamie.pedersen@leg.wa.govkevin.ranker@leg.wa.govann.rivers@leg.wa.govchristine.rolfes@leg.wa.govdino.rossi@leg.wa.govrebecca.saldana@leg.wa.govmark.schoesler@leg.wa.govtimothy.sheldon@leg.wa.govshelly.short@leg.wa.govdean.takko@leg.wa.govkevin.vandewege@leg.wa.govjudy.warnick@leg.wa.govlisa.wellman@leg.wa.govmaureen.walsh@leg.wa.govlynda.wilson@leg.wa.govhans.zeiger@leg.wa.govtim_eyman@comcast.net

       Sending these 2 emails RIGHT NOW will help a lot BUT ONLY IF EVERYONE DOES IT.

       Help us fight back against Inslee and the Democrats’ tax-hiking obsession.  While they’re pushing for tax increases, we’re pushing for tax relief — we’re fighting fire with fire.  The Property Tax Fairness Initiative is a bold, exciting proposal that helps everyone.  It cuts property taxes 25% for everyone, caps property tax increases, and eliminates the personal property tax.  It’s all about making property taxes fairer.  Help us make it a reality. 

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