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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
While you are hard at work trying to make ends meet, the Democratic majority is working hard to increase your taxes. This weekend, you have the opportunity to tell them exactly what you think about their plans to take more of your hard-earned money.
Folks, we are in a fight for our state, counties, cities, and the taxpayers of this state. The Washington State Senate Democrats voted to eliminate the 2/3 majority needed to pass a tax increase. They also removed the transparency portions of the initiative, which require public notifications when a bill is being heard which would raise taxes or fees. This was done by rescinding the will of the people that passed I-960. Last night the Senate lost a two-day battle by a vote of 26-22. We are preparing for this fight in the House of Representatives. It only takes 50 votes in the House to overturn the Taxpayer Protections Act (I-960).
Today WE NEED YOUR HELP. We need to activate everyone that does not want to pay more in taxes or want the Legislature to do its work in the dark. We need to be clear: this is being done so the majority can push tax increase after tax increase upon us. WE HAVE TO BE UNITED NOW MORE THAN EVER. This battle will begin anytime now and possibly last through the weekend. Please spread this email to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1. Call or e-mail the following state representatives and ask them to vote against SB 6130:
Rep. Ross Hunter – (360) 786-7936 (Chair of the House Finance Committee)
Rep. Bob Hasegawa – (360) 786-7862 (Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee)
Rep. Mark Ericks – (360) 786-7900 (Member of House Finance Committee)
Rep. Steve Conway – (360) 786-7906 (Member of House Finance Committee)
Rep. Larry Springer – (360) 786-7822 (Member of House Finance Committee)
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos – (360) 786-7944 (Member of House Finance Committee)
2. Come to Olympia on Saturday, Feb. 13 for a 9:00 a.m. public hearing on the SB 6130 in the House Finance Committee (House Hearing Room A) and then sit in the House gallery in the afternoon to show your support of taxpayer protections.
We look forward to your assistance as we fight to keep taxpayer protections in place. It is an honor to serve you in Olympia.
421 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7874 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000