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Income tax, liquor privatization measures stumbling; updates on state measures

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm with 5 Comments »
November 2, 2010 11:46 pm

Early results posted by the Secretary of State tonight have both ballot measures seeking to privatize liquor sales failing.

Initiative 1100 (the one backed by Costco) is trailing by nearly 4 points; while Initiative 1105 is getting bombed — down by more than 25 percentage points as of this writing.

In other results for ballot measures:

Tim Eyman‘s I-1053, which seeks to impose a two-thirds majority vote by the Legislature to authorize tax raises, is winning easily.

I-1082, the BIAW-backed measure that seeks to require employers to buy private industrial insurance, is failing big.

Voters are saying no — in a big way — to I-1098, the Bill Gates Sr.-backed high-earners income tax measure.

I-1107, the measure to repeal the so-called “candy tax” enacted to fill the state’s budget hole, is coasting toward victory.

And Referendum 52, the measure seeking to authorize bonds to finance energy efficient construction and repairs in public schools, is getting beaten. Badly.

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  1. hipdadiddy says:

    200 years ago, Alexis de Toqueville said American democracy was an interesting experiment but bound to fail just as soon as the people realized they could vote themselves the proceeds of the treasury. Well, it took longer than he would have predicted and it was done in a more roundabout way, but when voters forever demand everything in the way of services but refuse to ever tax themselves (or even Bill-freaking-zillionaire Gates!) to pay for them, it accomplishes pretty much the same thing. And you can bet the exact same bunch who voted the income tax down will whine the loudest when the basic services start disappearing–soon.

  2. Spot on, hipdadiddy!

  3. hipdadiddy says, “And you can bet the exact same bunch who voted the income tax down will whine the loudest when the basic services start disappearing–soon.”

    We know how? Perhaps in your wetdreams, but so far the only proven whining has been by liberals. Expect that to continue.

    Basic services cut? Only a brain dead liberal would identify that as what should be cut or reduced from the billions of dollars and services that Olympia mismanages. Nice try, but once a fear monger always a fear monger.

  4. This election should be a loud and clear message to the Governor and her cronies that the people of this State want her to stop using smoke and mirrors to BS the voters about her “budget crisis”. She should stop paying off her constituets with our money and really cut the spending. The State budget has grown under her watch with her increased, reckless spending. However, the taxes they tried to impose did not pass the smell test with the voters. Politicians of both parties should get the message.

  5. EyesWideOpen says:

    hipdadiddy says: “but when voters forever demand everything in the way of services but refuse to ever tax themselves (or even Bill-freaking-zillionaire Gates!) to pay for them”

    I have just one question – if Bill-freaking-zillionaire Gates and all the other supporters are so sure 1098 is the answer – why don’t they just go ahead and cut the state a check every year in the amount of their proposed state income tax bill and let the magical rewards be reaped?? I mean hey, that tax was never going to touch us little guys – or be modified in two years to encroach on ever smaller tax brackets, right? So far be it from me to get in their way – let the fun begin. . .hehe

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