For the past few months, we’ve been sounding the alarm about Initiative 1366, the most cynical, mean-spirited, destructive initiative that Tim Eyman has ever sponsored (and that’s saying something!) and asking organizations committed to the defense of Washington’s values to join us in opposing I‑1366.
We are happy to report that our efforts have been meeting with success. The list of organizations opposing I‑1366 is getting longer and longer as organizations sign up and commit to the cause of defeating Tim Eyman’s outrageous scheme to blackmail lawmakers into sabotaging our cherished tradition of majority rule.
This week, we are pleased to welcome the Washington Environmental Council,
Washington Conservation Voters, Statewide Poverty Action Network, Pierce County Democrats, and Metropolitan Democratic Club to the NO on I‑1366 coalition. We’re very happy to have these organizations (and many others) with us.
But we’re looking for more. We want the biggest, broadest coalition possible working to defeat I‑1366. Readers, if you are involved with one or more organizations that cares about effective government, fully funding our public schools, fixing our broken tax code, and upholding our state Constitution, please ask those organizations to join our cause as soon as they possibly can.
There’s no reason to wait. It’s a safe assumption that I‑1366 will be on the ballot.
Yesterday, Tim Eyman sent out an email to his followers exhorting them to give him more money, claiming that he ans associates are “agonizingly close to qualifying”.
“We have just the final weeks and days of June to raise the money necessary to collect the required signatures,” Eyman wrote.
Once again, Eyman is misleading his followers. He has already raised $1.2 million for I‑1366, and transferred $1 million of that to Citizen Solutions for signature gathering. That’s plenty of money for a signature drive.
We’re told Eyman and his associates aren’t paying more than $1.50 per signature, which means the actual cost to collect around 320,000 signatures (all that’s needed) can’t be more than around $480,000 (if it’s even that much).
Citizen Solutions will be able to pocket the remainder of the $1 million as profit. The signature drive is mostly over, and Eyman will soon be making an appointment with the Secretary of State to turn in his petition sheets.
The time to take a stand against I‑1366 is now.
To make things easy, we’ve got a model resolution you can provide to the boards or governing bodies of organizations you work with. This model resolution can be tweaked or adapted as desired, but it’s also well-polished and can be adapted as is once an organization has added its name to the Therefore clauses.
After an organization you work with has taken a position, it’s important they let us know by filling out the form on the NO on I‑1366 website so we can update the list of organizations that are opposed to Eyman’s diabolical plot force lawmakers to choose between sabotaging our state Constitution or blowing a massive hole in the state budget. The loss of $1 billion a year in state sales tax revenue would destroy the little progress that’s been made to date towards McCleary compliance and creating an even bigger school funding deficit.
Like I‑517 and I‑1125/I‑1033/I‑985 before it, I‑1366 is beatable, but only if those of us who care about Washington’s values and Washington’s future come together to stand up to the extremism of Tim Eyman and his wealthy benefactors.
Take a stand against I‑1366 today, and join the effort to send this unconscionable initiative to the political graveyard that it belongs in.