Initiative 869 limits taxes, fees, tolls & charges on vehicles

Thursday, November 17, 2016

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor)

From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Fighting for Taxpayers for 16 years, 425-493-9127,,

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor, and other candidates for office)

From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Fighting for Taxpayers for 17 years, 425-493-9127,,

RE: 2/3-for-taxes rule by united MCC pre-empts Inslee's $5 billion in tax increases

Earlier this week, I shared the great news that the Senate Republicans and Independent Democrat Tim Sheldon -- the Majority Coalition Caucus -- are united in passing a 2/3-for-any-tax-increase rule in January, shielding taxpayers from Inslee's tax-hiking schemes in the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions.

Talk about perfect timing!

Because yesterday at a meeting in Olympia, Inslee and the tax-obsessed Democrats steamrolled over the Republicans on the committee. The result? Now, anything less than $5 billion in tax increases will be reported as a "cut" and will be trumpeted as the Legislature falling short of complying with the supreme court.

Yesterday's legislation was "adopted over the objections of Republican lawmakers on the council, who argued that a task force is still working to determine the actual amount that needs to be spent, and that the outlook shouldn’t include estimates for policies that have not yet been enacted by the Legislature."

The MCC's 2/3-for-any-tax-increase rule will negate this kind of bullying behavior by Inslee and the tax-obsessed Democrats.

Almost 2/3 of voters support the 2/3 rule and these 25 Senators need to leverage the public's support for their 2/3 rule or else they'll get steamrolled like they did yesterday.

There is zero public support for $5 billion in tax increases. There's zero support for 3 1/2 billion or even a billion. It's clear the voters oppose any tax increase, based on this election and previous elections. And it's crazy to think there ever will be.

The unified support among the MCC members for the 2/3-for-any-tax-increase rule is critically important to the taxpayers of Washington. These 25 Senators need this rule to stand up for the 2/3 of voters who deserve representation during this session.

It's worth repeating the level of public support for the 2/3-for-any-tax-increase requirement in each of their districts:

Senator John Braun (R) - 75% voter support
Senator Brian Dansel (R) - 75% voter support
Senator Randi Becker (R) - 74% voter support
Senator Mike Padden (R) - 74% voter support
Senator Pam Roach (R) - 73% voter support
Senator Brad Hawkins (R) - 73% voter support
Senator Judy Warnick (R) - 73% voter support
Senator Sharon Brown (R) - 73% voter support
Senator Maureen Walsh (R) - 72% voter support
Senator Lynda Wilson (R) - 72% voter support
Senator Ann Rivers (R) - 72% voter support
Senator Kirk Pearson (R) - 72% voter support
Senator Hans Zeiger (R) - 71% voter support
Senator Joe Fain (R) - 70% voter support
Senator Curtis King (R) - 70% voter support
Senator Jan Angel (R) - 70% voter support
Senator Mark Schoesler (R) - 70% voter support
Senator Mark Miloscia (R) - 69% voter support
Senator Tim Sheldon (D) - 69% voter support
Senator Mike Baumgartner (R) - 68% voter support
Senator Barbara Bailey (R) - 68% voter support
Senator Jim Honeyford (R) - 68% voter support
Senator Steve O'Ban (R) - 67% voter support
Whomever replaces Senator Andy Hill (RIP) - 63% voter support
Senator Doug Ericksen (R) - 61% voter support

During next year's legislative session, there will be a huge war over raising taxes. But it's clear from this election and previous elections that there is absolutely no public appetite for higher taxes.

You can count on us to keep fighting. We are committed to stopping the Democrats' tax-hiking insanity. The voters' passage of our Initiative 1366 last year certainly shows that the people are in no mood for any tax hikes, let alone increases totaling $3.5 billion.

Petitions for "We Love Our Cars" I-869 have been sent out (if you need more, just email or call). Our polling shows it's another big winner. Please help us make it a reality.

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Best Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, fighting for taxpayers for 17 years

P.S. We’ve been doing initiatives for many years. Our $30 car tab initiatives and property tax limiting initiatives have provided over $32 billion in direct tax savings so far. Our initiatives requiring a 2/3-vote-of-the-legislature-to-raise-taxes indirectly saved taxpayers billions more. After voters approved our I-960 in 2007, the Legislature didn’t raise a single tax in 2008 and 2009. After voters approved our I-1053 in 2010, there wasn’t a single tax increase in 2011 and 2012. After voters approved our I-1185 in 2012, there weren’t any tax hikes in 2013 and 2014. After voters passed I-1366 last year, this year’s Legislature didn’t raise a single tax. We’ve had an amazing track record of success protecting taxpayers.

All of us are obviously disappointed that the Court struck down I-1366. We all worked really hard to get it on the ballot and to get it approved by the voters. No one had ever tried to do an initiative to force the Legislature to do a constitutional amendment before. So there wasn’t a road map for us to follow. We did the best we could. We will learn from the experience, adapt, and persevere.

Our political philosophy is “permanent offense.” It means we must always stay on offense. In the tug-of-war over taxes, politicians are never gonna stop pulling the rope in the direction of higher taxes. So our mission is to help taxpayers pull the rope in the direction of lower taxes. We all work really hard for our money; it oughta be tough for the government to take it away.

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