Today is the day!
I know there are people out there who are registered to vote but don’t. “My vote won’t make a difference”, they say. Sure… your one vote doesn’t make much of a blip on the radar…. but when you combine all the people who say that, it becomes massive! Don’t be part of the silent minority…. vote! Do it now!!
Now… ok, I’ve convinced you to vote, but since you’ve been a total slacker up to this point, you don’t know the issues. None to fear, friend, I’ll tell you how to vote (if you live in Washington State, anyway).
First and foremost… if you find a “D” or “DEM” next to the candidates name, put a check in that box. I have never before voted party line (I’m a fierce independent), but American politics have been dominated by one party for so long that there have been no checks and balances, and government has run amock.
It’s time to balance the power and stop this crap.
On to the local issues (for Washington State):
Initiative Measure 920:
Initiative Measure No. 920 concerns estate tax.
This measure would repeal Washington’s state laws imposing tax, currently dedicated for the education legacy trust fund, on transfers of estates of persons dying on or after the effective date of this measure.
While that sounds all fuzzy and good, reading the details shows that this only affects people who have an estate worth over 2 million dollars (this does not include farms). The taxes collected currently are allocated to public schools. Voting Yes will eliminate $184.5 million in revenue over the next two fiscal years that’s dedicated to funding public schools. VOTE NO to a tax break for the rich!
Initiative Measure 933:
Initiative Measure No. 933 concerns government regulation of private property.
This measure would require compensation when government regulation damages the use or value of private property, would forbid regulations that prohibit existing legal uses of private property, and would provide exceptions or payments.
Again… this sounds good until you read the details. The government currently reimburses you for land taken. An example of what this law will allow: “If laws prevent a property owner from expanding a strip mall in a neighborhood or building a subdivision on farmland, I-933 would force the community into a no-win choice—either waive the law or have taxpayers pay the property owner for not being able to build.”
A similar law was passed in Oregon, and over 4 Billion dollars in claims against tax payers have been filed.
It’s poorly written, full of loop holes, too expensive, and makes no sense. Vote NO!
Initiative Measure 937:
Initiative Measure No. 937 concerns energy resource use by certain electric utilities.
This measure would require certain electric utilities with 25,000 or more customers to meet certain targets for energy conservation and use of renewable energy resources, as defined, including energy credits, or pay penalties.
Again… this one sounds really good until you read the details. Washington state relies heavily on it’s dams to produce clean hydro-electric power. This measure does not include hydro-electricity as a renewable resource. This means that we’ll have to sell our cheap hydro power to California (who passed a similar law, but does look at hydro as a clean and renewable resource) and will have to purchase power for this state from someplace else. This will result in higher electric bills.
Again… VOTE NO! (who the hell got this on the ballot… California?)
House Joint Resolution 4223:
The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on increasing an exemption from the personal property tax.
This amendment would authorize the legislature to increase the personal property tax exemption for taxable personal property owned by each “head of a family” from three thousand ($3,000) to fifteen thousand ($15,000) dollars.
Finally, something that makes sense. Small businesses are currently required to pay a personal property tax on their assets. The first $3,000 is tax exempt. This would raise that amount to $15,000. This is good for small business.
In fact, on this particular item, no one wrote a rebuttal in the voters guide. Vote YES!
And there you go. You now know the issues and have no excuse not to vote. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO IT NOW!!