Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains tax are working overtime to keep voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause to prevent a referendum. Now, proponents of the capital gains tax are gearing up to counter a potential I-1929 signature-gathering campaign by setting up a surveillance system to flag any location where ballot petitions are signed. Like reported by the Everett Herald:
“If the I-1929 petitions are released, opponents will not sit idly by. They set up a hotline on Thursday that people can call to report where they see signature collectors at work. They may deploy people to these sites to provide visual and verbal counterpoint.
“We’re going to make this as costly and uncomfortable for them as possible,” said Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for Invest in Washington Now, which is part of a coalition of opposition groups. “We will not interfere with them. We also want to make sure people know the facts.
The Washington State Democratic Party is among those encouraging reports of monitoring the collection of I-1929 signatures. Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski tweeted the I-1929 signature reporting hotline yesterday.
The Northwest Progressive Institute has also said in a blog post yesterday:
“If you see a petitioner collecting signatures for this measure, please take photos with your phone and let us know using the Permanent Defense reporting system.”
Interviewed yesterday by Everett Herald after the conclusion of the I-1929 ballot title challenge hearing, when the I-1929 petitions will be available for signatures the campaign said: “We don’t comment on that.”
For I-1929 to be eligible for ballot, the signatures of at least 324,516 (405,000 recommended) registered voters are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 8, 2022.
Washington voters have rejected 10 consecutive measures in favor of an income tax (including six constitutional amendments).
Regardless of the outcome with I-1929, a judge appointed by Inslee to the Douglas County Superior Court on March 1 ruled that the capital gains income tax passed last year (SB 5096) is a unconstitutional progressive income tax. We likely won’t know until this summer if the state Supreme Court plans to take this case for direct review, or instead do the same thing it did a few years ago with income tax. illegal Seattle and will allow the Court of Appeals to act in its place.
Judge removes ‘excise tax’ from I-1929 ballot title (capital gains tax repeal)
Q&A with Rob McKenna on next steps in capital gains tax lawsuit