Doug’s latest newsletter addresses I-747 and the 1% cap on property taxes that most of us thought we were getting. You know, like the $30 car tabs we thought we were getting and really don’t. The State Supreme Court ruled I-747 unconstitutional with this from the Herald pretty much summing up both sides of the issue
“A voter reading the text of the initiative could believe that he or she was voting to reduce the property tax limit by 1 percent instead of by 5 percent, a substantially different impact on the public coffers, as well as the perceived benefit to the individual voter’s purse,” the majority, led by Justice Bobbe Bridge, wrote.
But dissenting justices wrote that “no reasonable argument can be sustained that voters were in any way misled or confused by the effect of I-747, which expressly and was specifically aimed at lowering the tax growth to 1 percent.”
I generally side with the no new and no more tax side of issues, so I certainly side with the dissenting vote in this case. Below, I’ve included a copy of Doug Ericksen’s latest newsletter that addresses a needed immediate response to the situation.
The long term solution though is to elect those who put the needs of the people ahead of the needs of the government. Next year it looks like we will be choosing between Dino Rossi and Governor Gregoire to lead our state.
Governor Gregoire now says:
Gregoire also reiterated her call to local officials not to raise taxes above the 1 percent cap, saying the Legislature must have time to act.
If that directive is ignored, Gregoire told The Associated Press she would consider calling a special session.
If no special session is called, lawmakers would begin working on the measure just after the new year. It figures to be at the top of the Democratic majority’s agenda, and likely will be on a fast track for approval.
But earlier, Governor Gregoire said:
But Gregoire said that if the ruling eventually goes against the I-747 limits, she will work with both parties in the Legislature to reach a compromise.
She declined to state a position on the correct percentage, but indicated that perhaps neither the old number nor the 1 percent cap is the best solution.
And Dino Rossi says:
“Today’s ruling by the State Supreme Court is disappointing. I believe the people were very clear in their approval of a one-percent cap on property tax hikes, and I also believe the Governor and the Legislature should enact the will of the people into law.
“My opponent doesn’t support the one-percent property tax cap. That is troubling, but not surprising, since she is after all the governor for the government who is more concerned about making people pay higher taxes than honoring the will of the voters. As governor, I will work to protect the will of the people and keep the cap on property tax increases at one percent. If I-747 and last Tuesday’s election taught us anything, it’s that people want tax relief and accountability in government spending.”
So far Dino Rossi has my vote in ’08 and I don’t see that changing easily. Certainly not when the seated Governor has given me so many reasons to vote for Dino Rossi.
Here’s Doug’s newsletter.
Constituent question: “What is Initiative 747 and what happened?”
Friends and Neighbors,
Over the last couple days much has been made about the Supreme Court of Washington’s decision to overturn Initiative 747. This is an extremely important issue for the people of Whatcom County. I believe the Legislature needs to do the honest thing and implement I-747 as soon as possible.
What is I-747?
What led to the Supreme Court’s decision?
What the Justices said:
After the court’s decision, Justice Bobbe Bridge wrote for the majority:
After the court’s decision, Justice Charles Johnson wrote for the minority:
What can be done?
I recognize the challenges I-747 presents for our junior-taxing districts and I will be working toward a solution this legislative session that does not include raising taxes.
Rep. Doug Ericksen 42nd District (R-Ferndale)