Yesterday’s I-1366 supreme court hearing — my thoughts
Because I-1366 qualified for the ballot and passed last November, taxes won’t be increased this session. That is a huge accomplishment. The voters’ approval of I-1366 shows once again that the people overwhelmingly oppose tax increases and demand permanent protection from Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite. We know that because the initiative passed.
Sitting in court yesterday, I was so proud of our brilliant attorney Dick Stephens and the unflappable Deputy Solicitor General Callie Castillo. They did a fantastic job defending I-1366.
I don’t know when the court will make its decision. When they do, I’ll let you know.
If they side with the people, then we will vigorously pursue 1366’s taxpayer protection policies in this year’s legislative session.
If they decide that I-1366 wasn’t drafted properly, then we will make sure our future initiatives follow whatever road map the court provides. There’s no doubt what the voters want: taxpayer protection. And we know the voters are on our side because they’ve approved our initiatives over and over and over and over again.
Each initiative — the ones that qualify and the ones that don’t, the ones that pass and the ones that don’t — gets us closer to our goal.
After 16 years of doing initiatives, we’ve learned that the only way to succeed is to persevere. Persistence is our greatest asset. Check out the t-shirt that I wore to yesterday’s hearing:
That perfectly captures why we’ve succeeded. Because of our persistence, our tax initiatives have saved citizens over $32 billion so far in direct savings (lower car tabs and property taxes). That’s huge. But even more significantly, untold billions in tax increases were never introduced and never passed because our efforts have made tax increases politically tougher.
There are highs and lows in the political process and many times the latter outnumbers the former. But throughout all of these battles, politicians are kept on a short leash because we show the people are energized and engaged. Because of our efforts, politicians see our initiatives get approved by huge margins and they know the voters have no appetite for higher taxes.
But the political impact from an initiative vote has a short shelf life. The people’s approval of I-1366 protected us this year but taxpayers are totally vulnerable in 2017.
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 trying.
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.