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Mainstream Republicans don’t like Tim Eyman’s latest ballot measure, I-1033

Post by Joe Turner on Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
October 28, 2009 2:29 pm

Here’s the letter from the Mainstream Republicans. (Note that it’s dated tomorrow, which means we bring you news BEFORE it even happens.) Scroll lower to find the news release from the No on I-1033 campaign.

October 29, 2009
Dear Washington State Voter:
As Republicans from communities all over Washington State, we believe there should be reasonable limits on government spending. However, Initiative 1033 proposes an unreasonable and unworkable limit that punishes local governments, locks in funding cuts for law enforcement, schools and other important services, and weakens the ability of our communities to invest in projects that would help attract or retain jobs in our state.
We ask you vote No on Initiative 1033 and reject Tim Eyman’s ill conceived and unreasonable proposal that will make already tough times worse in our state and our communities.
Very Truly Yours,
Gov. Daniel J. Evans
Hon. Sid Morrison
Mainstream Republicans
Sen. Slade Gorton
Mike Vaska
Hon. Doug Sutherland
John Stanton
Todd Mielke, Spokane County
Marc Boldt, Clark County
Shawn Bunney, Pierce County
Dave Edler, Yakima
Jim Ferrell, Federal Way
John Chelminiak, Bellevue
Dave Sauter, Klickitat County
Greg Partch, Whitman County
Gregg Loney, Walla Walla County
Terry Lee, Pierce County
Greg Kimsey, Clark County
Leo Bowman, Benton County
Bill Bryant, Seattle
Jane Hague, King County
Louise Miller
Jim DiPeso
Bruce Agnew
Mike McKay

Here’s the news release:

Mainstream Republicans Oppose Initiative 1033

(Seattle, WA) – The Mainstream Republicans today released a letter signed by Sen. Slade Gorton, Gov. Dan Evans and 22 other prominent Republicans from across Washington State about their opposition to Initiative 1033, Eyman’s latest scheme for the state.

The letter states, “Initiative 1033 proposes an unreasonable and unworkable limit that punishes local governments, locks in funding cuts for law enforcement, schools and other important services, and weakens the ability of our communities to invest in projects that would help attract or retain jobs in our state.”

Initiative 1033 would be an economic disaster for every city and county in Washington State. Not only would it lock in cuts made during the current recession, I-1033 would force a greater reliance on fees, which impact businesses, and the sales tax. I-1033 would also direct tax rebates solely to property taxes even though I-1033 impacts revenue from sales and utility taxes, which non-property owners pay.

The Mainstream Republicans of Washington was “founded over 30 years ago to provide a voice for moderation within the Republican Party. We believe in President Ronald Reagan’s inclusive view of the party and work to ensure that both moderates and conservatives have a voice in the Republican Party of Washington State.”

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