Monday, September 14th 2015
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, email@example.com, www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com
RE: Passage of 1366 best way to kill newest threat of state income tax/capital gains tax
Powerful voices are pushing Olympia to impose a new state income tax/capital gains tax. Governor Jay Inslee, liberal legislators and activists, government unions, the state supreme court, newspaper editorial boards, and many others are all pushing the Legislature to ignore what the people want and create massive new taxes OVER AND ABOVE WHAT WE ALREADY PAY.
In yesterday's Olympian newspaper, their Sunday editorial lionized our liberal state treasurer because of his current efforts to enact a new state income tax: "We think state Treasurer Jim McIntire, a Democrat and former state legislator, is on the right track. Like a secret agent on an impossible mission, he’s been talking quietly over the past year with business, labor and other interests about our state’s outdated tax system. ... A 5 percent income tax ... could generate a net $4 billion of new revenue."
Why is he "talking quietly?" Because everyone knows the voters hate it.
Why is he only talking with special interest groups? Because they've got the political muscle to shroud this income tax effort in secrecy.
It's not a coincidence that opponents of 1366 want a new state income tax/capital gains tax (the Washington State Democratic Party is a prominent example). One of the biggest reasons opponents of 1366 were so desperate to prevent the people from voting on our initiative was because they knew its' passage will hurt their clandestine tax hiking schemes. Their plotting and planning only works in political darkness. But initiative campaigns like 1366 shine the brightest spotlight imaginable on the tax issue and give the average taxpayer an equal voice in the process.
Passage of 1366 is best way to kill the growing threat of a new state income tax/capital gains tax.
But the corollary is also true: the rejection of 1366 would pour gasoline on the flickering flame being fanned by income tax fanatics, turning it into a raging inferno.
As we pointed out late last week, Olympia reacts consistently to how voters vote on our tax initiatives: if our tax initiative passes, the following legislative session is good for taxpayers, if our initiative doesn't pass, the following legislative session is horrible for taxpayers.
The vote on 1366 is a proxy vote on a state income tax: if you oppose a state income tax, vote yes on 1366, if you support a state income tax, vote no on 1366.
This year's Legislature raised taxes a jaw-dropping $17.5 billion. The passage of Initiative 1366 is the most effective way to protect taxpayers from Olympia's insatiable tax appetite.
Now that I-1366 has qualified for the November ballot, we need a financial war-chest for the fall campaign to counter our opponents' threats, lies, and scare tactics about I-1366. To ensure the success of the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative in November, please send us a donation for $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5000 or more (there are no limits on how much can be given). You can make a secure on-line contribution by PayPal or VISA or M/C. OR, you can print this form, fill it out, and return it with a check or credit card information.
We’ve done so many amazing things over the past 16 years, but that's only been possible thanks to successful benefactors like you. We ask you to please help us help taxpayers.
Please donate TODAY. Thank you.
Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Fighting for Taxpayers for 17 years
P.S. There are thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and special interest groups working each and every day to raise your taxes. Shouldn't there be at least one person, one team, one organization that fights to lower your taxes? Please help us so we can continue our successful efforts on behalf of taxpayers.
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