Don’t think twice; vote ‘no’ on I-1033

October 14, 2009

By Staff

Initiative 1033 is a ballot question that voters will struggle with in these lean economic times. On the one hand, they worry about the spending practices of government, but on the other hand, they like the services government provides.While we certainly support cleaning up wasteful government spending practices, I-1033 is too blunt an option and won’t fix the problem.

Audits, such as the one done on King County government this year, point out the ineptitude of some government-run agencies and programs. It’s just the kind of pause that makes taxpayers want their money back, believing government will be quick to get their house in order if we take the money away.

I-1033 would certainly take the money away — from local cities, fire departments, the county and state, with trickle-down impacts to our schools, roads, state parks, children’s health care, Medicaid for the disabled, our prison programs and more. Could government give us the service we’ve come to expect with less money?

With the huge loss of tax revenues at all levels in 2010, we’ll soon find out.

The idea behind I-1033 is that politicians spend money unwisely and wastefully. I-1033 won’t ensure that they spend it any better, but only that they have less of it to spend. What that means for taxpayers is that government services they depend on to fix potholes and pay teachers’ salaries will simply have less money. When was the last time you heard someone complain that a pothole was fixed too quickly or that there are too many teachers in the local school?

I-1033 puts many of those services – big and small – in jeopardy, especially when government is already making deep cuts from the effect of the recession. I-1033 is a bad idea in this economy for sure, and will still be a bad idea – at least until this state overhauls its entire tax system.

The tax initiative would limit tax revenues to the rate of inflation and a population growth. That leaves no excess for building a reserve fund for budget years like the one coming up. North Bend and Snoqualmie will likely be calling on those very reserves, in spite of deep staff reductions. Firemen and women have already taken a pay cut.

Your ballot comes this week. Make your first vote a resounding ‘no’ on I-1033.

If voters want to fix government spending, they need to elect better, wiser, more fiscally-responsible politicians.

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4 Responses to “Don’t think twice; vote ‘no’ on I-1033”

  1. Steve Zemke MajorityRulesBlog on October 14th, 2009 5:21 pm

    I-1033 is a wealth transfer scheme. It takes tax dollars paid by everyone and uses them to pay property taxes for just those that own property. It is a giant tax shift that hurts lower income folks and mainly benefits those with lots of property.

    Danny Westneat’s article today in the Seattle Times says it all with his headline “I-1033 A Windfall for the Rich” Read the article to find out more about the fatal flaw in I-1033 that will get people to vote No.

    As Westneat says
    “He could have targeted his tax relief to help those who most need it. But he didn’t. This is the rotten core of his initiative.
    Forget all the caterwauling about spending cuts. At its heart this is a massive giveaway to the rich that does little or nothing for the poor.”

    A vote for I-1033 will help millionaires pay their property taxes. And one third of Eyman’s tax rebate goes to pay property taxes for commercial real estate.

    If you don’t want your tax dollars to be used to help pay the property taxes for Boeing and Weyerhaeuser and Microsoft and all the other corporations and apartment owners and shopping mall owners and real estate developers vote No on I-1033. Keep Tim Eyman’s hands out of our pockets.

  2. Steve Zemke MajorityRulesBlog on October 14th, 2009 6:02 pm

    Spread the word and tell people to vote NO on Eyman’s latest scheme to pick your pockets for the wealthy. Because I-1033 is really a wealth transfer scheme, taking tax dollars paid by renters and others without property and using it to help pay the property taxes of the wealthy.

    Here are some of the things your tax dollars go for now:

    educating our children
    providing health care for seniors and children
    mental health services
    repairing roads and bridges
    keeping parks and libraries open
    paying for police and fire protection
    paying for courts and jails
    cleaning up Puget Sound
    providing clean water and clean air
    sidewalks and bike paths
    affordable public transit
    emergency services
    services for seniors and disabled
    and the list goes on.

    But here is what your tax dollars above Eyman’s recession level will go for if I-1033 passes:
    paying property taxes
    That’s all.

  3. Jason Koziol on October 14th, 2009 8:57 pm

    I understand that Washington taxpayers want a break but this is not it. Think about this if a city is either Seattle or Soap Lake they have to vote everytime they city needs money. To either buy equipment to fix something or a disaster that drained the city or county finiaces. Can you imagine everytime going and voting to hire more police officers because crime increased, tell that to the family member that lost a loved one to a violent crime because there wasn’t enough policemen to protect the city or county. People I believe we need change in goverment but not this iniative. Also, think about all the big wig rich people that save thousands or millions and don’t pay it foward because they won’t. Also, prices for needed equipment or supplies go up to maintan cities or counties roads, sewers, water, public saftey, etc, etc. And now we have to spend money (thousands) to vote to increase the taxies to help pay for our needed resources. Come on people think outside of tim eymans box and really look. Why don’t we work on making a better plan then this before timmy ruins our state. Remember, there is more then Western Washington out there so think about the whole state and just not yourself.

  4. Don on October 25th, 2009 4:39 pm

    Why do both you (Steve & Jason) resort to name calling or belittling Tim Eyman? I don’t know the man but instead of picking on someone who is sucessful in putting forth initiatives to the people provide the facts to vote against it.

    I-1033 is not new to the state. The state operated sucessfully under the same rules put forth by I-1033 before they were suspended by the Olympia money grabbers. Stop the money grab and vote yes on I-1033. Oh and by the way, I’m not one of those wealthy persons but I do like to keep the money I earn. Also, taxes by their very nature redistributes wealth.

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