We are just over a week away from Election Night 2015 here in Washington State. With the voting period more than halfway over, now is a good time to fill out that ballot and vote NO on Tim Eyman’s I‑1366, Eyman’s worst measure yet.
It is critical that we defeat I‑1366 and reject the disastrous politics of hostage-taking. Conceived by Eyman in the wake of the crippling federal government shutdown of 2013, I‑1366 aims to bring D.C.-style gridlock and paralysis to our statehouse. It would eviscerate $8 billion (with a b!) in sales tax revenue over six years starting next April, unless the Legislature bowed to the will of Eyman and his wealthy benefactors by sabotaging our Constitution’s majority vote requirement.
Washington’s sales tax supplies nearly half of the revenue we rely on to fund K‑12 schools and higher education, which constitute over fifty percent of general fund expenditures. The loss of $8 billion over the next six years would necessitate devastating cuts to schools, at a time when the Supreme Court has held the Legislature in contempt for failing to amply provide for the education of all of Washington’s youth, as our Constitution requires.
I‑1366 is itself unconstitutional every way to Sunday, but it is imperative that we defeat it in the court of public opinion this autumn, so that we can be rid of it and not have to worry about challenging it again in the courts.
With I‑1366, Eyman is trying to legitimize the militant shutdown tactics favored by Ted Cruz and the tea party faction of the House Republican caucus here in Washington State. Eyman and his extremist pals want voters to endorse the crazy idea of blowing up the state budget next April if lawmakers refuse to sabotage our cherished tradition of majority rule for passage of bills and budgets.
By voting down I‑1366, we can protect our vital public services, uphold our Constitution, and show our elected representatives that a majority of us are opposed to the destructive politics of hostage-taking.
I‑1366 is easy to find on the ballot — it’s the first item that appears. For example, in King County, I‑1366 appears just to the right of the instructions, like so:
Depending on what county you reside in, you’ll either need to fill in an oval, fill in a box, or connect broken arrows to signify your NO vote on I‑1366.
For more information on the harm I‑1366 would create, or to see the long list of people and organizations opposed to I‑1366, please visit the NO on I‑1366 site.