|Initiative Measure 1185
Four Times the Voters Have Approved Initiatives Requiring Either a Two-Thirds Vote of the Legislature…
…or majority vote of the people to raise taxes. Four times. Just two years ago, 64% of voters approved it. The people clearly want tax increases to be an absolute last resort.
Nonetheless, Olympia will take it away next year unless we pass I-1185. Recent history shows why I-1185 is necessary to protect struggling taxpayers.
For the Two Years Following Voters Approval in 2007, I-960 Worked Exactly as Voters Intended
With I-960, tax increases were a last resort and Olympia balanced its budgets without raising taxes. In 2010, they suspended I-960 and increased taxes a whopping $6.7 billion (10-year cost according to state’s budget office), a huge betrayal of the public trust. I-1185 stops them from doing that again.
We Need Certainty in Tough Economic Times
The worst thing state government could do is hamper the conditions for economic growth. We need an economic climate where families feel confident, employers expand, job growth is positive. I-1185 provides a stable future, giving families and employers the certainty they need to prosper.
Olympia Faces Another Big Deficit Because Unsustainable Spending has Once Again Outstripped Revenue
We simply can’t afford to have it all. With I-1185’s extension of I-960’s taxpayer protections, Olympia will be encouraged to reform government, prioritize spending and re-evaluate existing programs. Without I-1185, they’ll resort to job-killing, family-budget-busting tax increases. Hold Olympia accountable for your tax dollars – vote yes.