This works so well that we have passed the two-thirds majority requirement for tax increases three times, and those God-damned slime ball Demonrats in Olympia keep ignoring or shit-canning it.
I say next time the law include mandatory impeachment for any congress-critter who even thinks about suggesting ignoring the will of the people, but then, I also say "Tar, feathers, some assembly required".
Anyway, this year we once again have several Initiatives on the ballot statewide.
- Citizens’ Guide to Proposition 1: To Increase the King County Sales Tax to Fund Public Safety Programs
- Citizens’ Guide to the Spokane Children’s Investment Fund Initiative
- Citizens' Gudie to Initiatives 1100 and 1105: To End the State Monopoly on Liquor Sales
- Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1053: To Restore the Two-thirds Vote Requirement for Tax Increases
- Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1107: To Repeal Tax Increases on Food and Beverages
- Citizens' Guide to Referendum 52: To Borrow $500 Million to Fund Energy Retrofits
- Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1098: To Establish a State Income Tax
- Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1082: To Reform Workers' Compensation in Washington
- Legal Analysis by Former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Says I-1098 Income Tax is Unconstitutional
- Report on 2010 Tax Increases in Washington State
For anyone who cares, here are Drang's Recommendations:
- Proposition 1: No. Actually, Hell, no. Don't play politics with Public Safety, you frigging commies.
- Spokane Children's Investment Fund Initiative: See Proposition 1.
- 1100 and 1105: Yes to 1100, no to 1105. Actually, either is important, to end the state's monopoly on liquor sales, but 1100 "offers more market freedom because it would end the prohibition-era distribution requirements and quantity discount restrictions for retailers." (No one's quite sure what will happen if they both pass; I prefer not to find out.)
- 1053: Yes. Hells, yeah!
- 1107: Ditto. The new "sales tax on candy", which turns out to be a sales tax on lots of food, is structured stupidly. In fact, it may be a textbook case of just how stoopid government can get. "Yes on 1107" has a handy chart here.
- Referendum 52: Hell no! Damn all watermelons and their stupid, money-wasting "green" initiatives. Which raises the tax on bottled water, which, BTW, 1107 would end.
- Initiative 1098: Lamppost, rope, some assembly required. BTW, did we mention that the Washington State Constitution specifically bans income taxes?
- Initiative 1082: Free market, baby. Get the state out of the insurance business, maybe we won't have to drink so much...