Why we didn’t qualify last year: what’s we’re doing different this year
We tried to qualify last year’s Initiative 1325 for the ballot. We fell short. Here’s what we wrote afterwards:
“We worked really hard, but our signature drive for the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment fell short this year. … Over the past 16 years, we’ve gotten 15 initiatives on the ballot (voters passed 10 of them). But despite this amazing track record of success, qualifying an initiative for the ballot is brutally difficult. We fell short this time – we’ll just have to work even harder next time. The key to our 16 years of success has been our persistence (“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin).”
This year, I took out a 2nd mortgage on my home and loaned the campaign $150,000 in early February so we could immediately hire professional signature collectors to supplement our hard-working volunteers (last year, we didn’t hire professionals). We want as many voters as possible to have the opportunity to sign our petitions so this is a worthy investment to ensure maximum voter participation.
Fundraising: last year, we raised around $200,000. So far this year we’ve raised over a million. That’s a huge improvement but we’re still short around $100,000 to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
We’re doing exactly what we said we needed to do to succeed: we’re just have to work even harder next time.
That’s what we’re all doing this year. Working harder collecting signatures, working harder raising money, working harder meeting and talking with supporters (new and old).
This year’s legislative session has vividly illustrated the necessity of the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative.
Citizens demand that tax increases be a last resort, not a first response. The people clearly want politicians to prioritize and reform government. But they’ll never do that if it’s easier just to raise taxes.
There’s no decision that government makes that has a greater impact on our lives than the power to take more of the people’s money.
We need everyone’s help — from now until the July 2nd deadline — to ensure the initiative qualifies.
We fell short last year — imagine how horrified we’ll all be if we fall short again.
We are agonizingly close to qualifying. We have just the final weeks and days of June to raise the money necessary to collect the required signatures.
Success is the only option with the signature drive for I-1366. Please help us make it happen.