Posts tagged ‘Citizen Initiative’

December 30, 2011

SJR 8218: A Misguided Approach On Citizen Initiatives & Spending?

by lewwaters

For some time now I have sensed that our legislators in Olympia don’t care too much for our constitutional right to citizen initiatives that is independent from the legislature and grants us the right to place limits upon their actions. It is written in our constitution,

“the people reserve to themselves the power to propose bills, laws, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislature, and also reserve power, at their own option, to approve or reject at the polls any act, item, section, or part of any bill, act, or law passed by the legislature. (Article II Section 1)”

We have seen several times now where unions and legislators, disagreeing with a citizen initiative voted in by large majorities of the voters end up challenged in court or cast aside by decree of the governor after a specified period.

We also see ourselves mired in this ongoing “Great Recession” with no end in sight and some citizen initiatives voted in that require funding that the legislators are unable to find funds for, given their propensity to spend tax dollars unwisely.

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July 26, 2011

Jim Moeller, Democrats and Unions vs Washington Voters

by lewwaters

I can’t really say I was surprised to read in the Columbian: Moeller joins lawsuit to overturn Eyman initiative

Just last year, Tim Eyeman’s Initiative 1053 was passed by voters with a wide 64% margin, requiring a 2/3 majority for the Washington Legislature to be able to rise of impose new taxes upon us.

Democrats including 49th L.D. Jim Moeller and Teachers Unions don’t like that and have filed a lawsuit challenging the initiative in court, seeking to have it overturned.

The Columbian tells us, “Democratic leaders could not get Republicans to support any tax increases this year, forcing lawmakers to balance the budget with heavy cuts to education.”

The article also tells us those heavy cuts “reduces salaries for teachers and classified educational staff by 1.9 percent while slashing pay for administrative staff by 3 percent. It suspends programs designed to keep class sizes low.”

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