Washington State Representative Gael Tarleton speaks the Seattle TAKE BACK YOUR TIME DAY picnic about why she introduced a paid vacation bill in the Washington legislature and the need to protect the rights of working Americans and the middle class.
CELEBRATION Picnic at Gasworks Park, for Take Back Your Time Day! –and the 75th Anniversary of the 40-hour week October 24, 2015
The Washington State ballot has several advisory votes about tax increases approved by the legislature. Because of Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiative, voters are given the opportunity to vote to “Maintain” or “Repeal” any tax increases and any eliminations of tax loopholes (aka “preferences”). (The votes are non-binding.)
What’s particularly annoying about these advisory votes is the phrasing. For example, concerning Advisory Vote No 13 Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6138, the ballot says:
The legislature increased business and occupation tax revenues and excluded certain software manufacturers from a retail sales tax exception, without a vote of the people, costing $1,449,000,000 for government spending.
Who the heck chose that language? The elimination of the tax loophole doesn’t cost anything to most people or to the government. It’s revenue, not expenditure. It’s eliminating a special-interest giveaway. The last phrase — “government spending” — echoes a conservative talking point.
I’m sure many voters will be confused by those ballot items.
Now and then a government program won’t work. The vast majority of private corporate start-ups fail. Most business ventures fail.