Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center came across a debate from an old voters’ pamphlet that could have been written today (and might be if some initiatives make the ballot this fall).
Here’s his blog post but I’ll summarize enough to tease you but not steal his thunder.
In 1972 voters were asked to approve or reject House Joint Resolution 1, a constitutional amendment that would have created a process to sunset and review all tax preferences.
It failed 45 percent to 55 percent.
Said supporters: “Passage will create more equity and spread the tax burden to include those who now enjoy unjustifiable tax loopholes.”
Said opponents: “HJR 1 affects YOU, the taxpayer, as well as charities, businesses, schools, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, labor unions, private and fraternal clubs, agriculture, credit unions, veterans organizations, cities and counties, fisherman, loggers, etc. The list is long. Senior citizens could be particularly hard hit.”
Take a look to get a rear-view mirror look at our political future.