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ELECTION: A vote for I-1100 is a vote for higher taxes

Letter by James Edgar Dick, Olympia on Oct. 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm with 13 Comments »
October 14, 2010 12:21 pm

I think that voting yes on Initiative 1100 is a dumb idea.

The money that the state makes on liquor sales goes into the state treasury. The state treasury is where the state gets the money to perform the services that it provides to the citizens of Washington. Some of these services even fiscal conservatives want provided, like the State Patrol and prisons.

If I-1100 passes, millions of dollars will not go into the state treasury. If it had been in effect in 2009, state taxpayers would have lost more than $230 million in revenue, which was used to fund schools throughout the state as well as health care and other core services.

The state would have to raise that money in another way. The most obvious way would be to raise existing taxes and initiate new taxes.

So if you don’t like the prospect of higher taxes, vote no on I-1100. Please find out more than the sound bites on all the initiatives and candidates that we are voting on in a few weeks. Make an informed decision don’t just blindly vote the way someone tells you to vote. It is up to you.

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  1. We do not need a government monopoly to manage the sale of alcohol, or anything else for that matter. It’s time to realize that prohibition is over.

    PS-Mr Dick, it also costs the state taxpayers a lot of money to run all the liquor stores, pay all the employees, purchase all the inventory and to maintain a separate regulatory system just for alcohol. The net effect of getting the state out of the liquor business may be a benefit to taxpayers.

    Do you really think the government can run an enterprise better than the free market? If so, which one?

  2. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    No, Mr Dick, the message to the WA legislature is: Figure out how to run services with less taxes. We are not going to support any substitute, period. WA gov’t jacked up spending by nearly 40% while the Governor claimed we were immune to the recession. Well, if not for that, there would be all the $$ we need for services.
    I see from a TNT story today that Lakewood still thinks new hiring and COLAS are OK. We’ll see what Lakewood voters think of that!

  3. OldLefty says:

    steilacoomtaxpayer says:
    October 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    No, Mr Dick, the message to the WA legislature is: Figure out how to run services with less taxes.

    steilacoomtaxpayer – why don’t you tell us one business that hasn’t raised its selling price of goods and services in the past 50 years.

    Still buying 29 cent a gallon gas? Tell me where.

    Less taxes = less services. Public employees won’t work for nothing either.

  4. jandkgibbs says:

    You are either for big government or small government. If you want a smaller government you must take steps to defund those that govern. I for one want to reduce the size of government so I plan to vote for all measures that help defund the state. Our present course is a downward trend and we must change.

    I read a lot of these comments and I am waiting for a single whining lib democrat to put as much energy into ideas for cutting government as they put into raising taxes. Don’t you get it? The public has had a belly full of your taxing us to death, screwing up education and health care and creating regulations that are only designed to employ state workers that don’t produce squat.

    Let’s all defund the govenment. It’s the only way to force them to change their spending ways.

  5. Roncella says:

    The only way to know if it would be better for the State to get out of the Liquor Monoply is to see exacttly what the costs are to run the state controlled business, and how much is returned to the state, after all expenses.

    Haing owned and operated my own business and working for a very large corporation I doubt the state is making a profit on its operation.

  6. Sumner401 says:

    The race to the bottom is being led by the right wing, lets say NO to the party of NO.

  7. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Dependent leftists such as Sumner are the people paving the road to disaster in our curent economy!!

  8. the3rdpigshouse says:

    And then we have the “I want my piece of the STASH OldLefty – the guy who loves excessive government and spreading everyone elses money around to the non-producers!!

  9. eagle_beak says:

    there are other ways.
    funding what we want the government to do can be done differently. just because we started an income tax in this country in 1913 and have added tax after tax since then does not mean that is the way things have to stay.
    in a book “The Fair Tax Book” by Neal Boortz, other options are discussed.
    i encourage anyone that wants to understand how the funding of our government has evolved into the hugely overspending beaucracies that it has become to read this book.

    God bless America and help us keep our country free!

  10. eagle_beak says:

    it is time to let free-enterprise run the liquor business. this state does much of nothing well.

    God bless America and help us keep our country free!

  11. Just got back from CA where liquor is sold at Costco and about 59.1% cheaper than it is here. We even brought some back with us. Guess WA missed out on that tax money entirely…..

  12. Rowdy_Rob says:

    Mr. Dick writes: “If I-1100 passes, millions of dollars will not go into the state treasury. If it had been in effect in 2009, state taxpayers would have lost more than $230 million in revenue, which was used to fund schools throughout the state as well as health care and other core services.”

    Isn’t it funny how all of these ballot measures keep coming up asking for more and more money for schools, yet when these said ballot measures do pass there’s always an excuse as to why there is no money for schools… Wasn’t the Washington State Lottery originally started out as a means to raise monies for the schools? Where is all of this school money going? Sounds like a little misappropriation of funds going on…

    I’m Rowdy Rob, and I approve this post.

  13. “tax and spend” is not as bad for us and our country as “spend and borrow from china” is.

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