State Initiatives, Advisory Votes and Resolutions


Washington State Initiatives


Initiative Measure No. 1433

Labor standards

The Proposal: This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Recommendation:

Vote NO to REJECT, Why?

A POORLY CRAFTED PROPOSAL

We do need a minimum wage that benefits everyone – workers, consumers and small business owners – a wage that considers different costs of living across the state, the unique pay structures of certain jobs, and the need for a training wage for new workers. Unfortunately, I-1433 is a poorly crafted proposal that will do more harm than good for workers and the Washington economy. … read more to see the basis for a no vote!

Initiative Measure No. 1464

Campaign finance laws and lobbyists

The Proposal: This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Recommendation:Vote NO to REJECT, Why?

Initiative 1464 uses your tax dollars to tilt the political system in favor of politicians and out of state special interests, while depriving our schools of resources to fully fund education. We shouldn’t put politicians before our kids.

Argument against this initiative prepared by: Brian Sonntag, former Washington State Auditor, Democrat; Rob McKenna, former Washington State Attorney General, Republican; Sam Jackson, Democratic Party activist concerned about education funding, Seattle; Slade Gorton, former U.S. Senator and Attorney General; Darlene Johnson, small business owner, Clark County; Sam Reed, former Washington State Secretary of State, Olympia

Initiative Measure No. 1491

Concerns court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms.

The Proposal: This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Recommendation:Vote NO to REJECT, Why?

I-1491 Duplicates Existing Laws

I-1491 disregards existing state laws that already require treatment and restriction of potentially dangerous individuals. I-1491 doesn’t require evaluation, treatment, or monitoring and does nothing to address underlying issues. Recently implemented laws actually provide early detection and intervention of persons at danger to themselves or others.

Stigmatizes Mental Illness – Violates Rights – Gives False Sense of Security

Initiative Measure No. 1501

Concerns seniors and vulnerable individuals.

The Proposal: This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Recommendation: Vote NO to REJECT, Why?

Initiative 1501 isn’t what it claims to be. It was given an innocent-sounding title to deceive voters as to its true purpose. Initiative 1501 is an attack on vulnerable individuals by a powerful special interest that has poured over $1.2 million into funding it.

Initiative 1501 was written by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Its goal is to rewrite the Public Records Act to prevent in-home caregivers and childcare providers from learning they no longer can be forced to pay dues to the union. More information at this link – www.1501truth.com

Initiative Measure No. 732

Carbon Emission Tax.

The Proposal: This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Recommendation: Vote NO to REJECT, Why?

I-732 will make Washington’s budget mess worse. A Department of Revenue analysis found I-732 will cut funding available for education, health care, and other vital services by $797 million over the next six years. Our state faces a $5 billion deficit and court orders to meet basic education and mental health needs. I-732 makes this situation worse.

Highlighting the Truth – How will a Carbon Tax Impact You?
Will it increase your taxes, energy costs, and your family’s grocery bill?

More information at this link

Initiative Measure No. 735

Proposed amendment to the federal constitution.

The Proposal: This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Recommendation:

Vote NO to REJECT, Why?

Initiative 735 is a dangerous proposal to allow government censorship. This would be the first Constitutional amendment since prohibition to take rights away.

Silencing speech is undemocratic

Citizens should have as much opportunity to share and receive information as possible. Silencing certain speakers is counterproductive. Forbidding citizens from spending their money spreading their beliefs is totalitarian, not democratic. We can, we must, find solutions that expand, instead of taking away, our rights. Vote no I-735.

This initiative can go both ways and is dangerous to all citizens. Should we empower congressional Republicans to censor corporations including Planned Parenthood, Playboy, PETA and WashPIRG? Absolutely not. Should we empower congressional Democrats to censor CareNet, Fox News, National Organization for Marriage and the NRA? Absolutely not. Vote no I-735.


Washington State Advisory Votes


Advisory Vote No. 14

The Proposal: The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, the insurance premium tax to some insurance for stand-alone family dental plans, costing an indeterminate amount in the first ten years, for government spending.

Should this measure be Maintained or Repealed?

Recommendation: Repealed

Advisory Vote No. 15

The Proposal: The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, certain limitations on the retail sales and use tax exemptions for clean alternative-fuel vehicles, costing $2,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.

Should this measure be Maintained or Repealed?

Recommendation: Repealed


Washington State Senate Joint Resolution


Senate Joint Resolution No. 8210

The Proposal: The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on the deadline for completing state legislative and congressional redistricting.

This amendment would require the state redistricting commission to complete redistricting for state legislative and congressional districts by November 15 of each year ending in a one, 46 days earlier than currently required.

Should this measure be Approved or Rejected?

Recommendation: Approved