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I-1125: Voters care about substance, not personal attacks

Letter by Tim Eyman, Mukilteo on Aug. 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm | 47 Comments »
August 9, 2011 9:32 am

Re: “Bellevue billionaire buys himself an Eyman initiative” (editorial, 8-7).

The News Tribune editorial board opposed last year’s Initiative 1053 making it tougher to raise taxes, so it’s not surprising it opposes this year’s “Son of I-1053″ – Initiative 1125 which resurrects I-1053′s taxpayer-protection policies.

It shows a weak position on your part that you chose not to critique the initiative’s policies but instead spent all your time beating up on its supporters. This same approach was used by the TNT against last year’s I-1053.

How effective was your approach? Sixty-four percent of statewide voters approved I-1053; 1.6 million voters said yes. And in Pierce County, it won 66 percent approval.

It’s clear that voters are more interested in what an initiative does rather than who supports it or opposes it.

The fact is that 1,780 people donated to our initiative, 40,000 people helped collect signatures and 329,000 voters voluntarily signed petitions to put it on the ballot.

Just like with last year’s I-1053, all we’re doing is giving the voters the chance to decide. And we hope they agree with us that politicians in Olympia need to abide by the Constitution and voter-approved laws when taking more of the people’s money.


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