Friends and Neighbors,
Majority party in Olympia sets the stage for tax increases
Many of you received an e-mail update earlier today from my seatmate, Rep. Jaime Herrera, on the Senate proposal to gut Initiative 960 which currently requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or a vote of the people in order to raise taxes.
Senate Bill 6843 is sponsored by Sen. Margarita Prentice from the South Seattle/Renton area. The bill would suspend the protections voters approved in 2007 when they (overwhelmingly in the 18th District) passed I-960. In essence, the majority party will use a SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE to do away with the TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY VOTE REQUIREMENT to raise taxes!
The following Senators are sponsoring Senate Bill 6843:
Sen. Margarita Prentice – (360) 786-7616
Sen. Ed Murray – (360) 786-7628
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles – (360) 786-7670
Sen. Debbie Regala – (360) 786-7652
Sen. Darlene Fairley – (360) 786-7662
Sen. Kevin Ranker – (360) 786-7678
Sen. Joe McDermott – (360) 786-7667
Sen. Adam Kline – (360) 786-7688
Sen. Karen Keiser – (360) 786-7664
You also need to know about House Bill 3176 which would be used to raise taxes once Senate Bill 6843 passes the Legislature. House Bill 3176 is 90 pages long and contains between $250-$300 million in tax and fee increases.
The following legislators are sponsoring House Bill 3176:
Rep. Ross Hunter – (360) 786-7936
Rep. Bob Hasegawa – (360) 786-7862
Rep. Mark Ericks – (360) 786-7900
Rep. Steve Conway – (360) 786-7906
Rep. Larry Springer – (360) 786-7822
I would encourage 18th District residents to voice their opinions as soon as possible as both these bills appear to be on a “fast track” through the legislative process.
I want you to know that I am adamantly opposed to both of these bills. I do not believe the Legislature should engage in backdoor maneuvers to thwart the will of the people. And I do NOT believe that raising taxes is the answer to our state's spending problem. I hope you will join me in actively working against these two proposals.