Here are the 2 biggest reasons we're sponsoring I-1125:
1) Voters approved Initiative 1053, the Taxpayer Protection Act, last year with a 64% "yes" vote. It passed in every legislative district outside Seattle (44 of 49 districts overwhelmingly approved it). Nonetheless, we've been watching politicians find sneaky, underhanded ways to get around I-1053 and our state Constitution. The most egregious violation relates to fees. I-1053 required the people's elected representatives in the Legislature, and not unelected bureaucrats at state agencies, to take a recorded vote to set fees. But the Legislature re-empowered Gregoire's unelected Transportation Commission to unilaterally impose billions of dollars in new tolls and ferry fares. I-1125 reinstates the I-1053 policy that it be the Legislature that decides. We're talking about thousands of dollars per year for families and it's simply not reasonable to allow that to happen without some accountability and transparency.
2) Much of I-1125 is simply a reaffirmation of current laws and current constitutional protections (transportation money must go to transportation, tolls being project-specific, tolls paying for the infrastructure itself). Why? Because too many politicians and special interest groups have talked about skirting the law and violating the Constitution that we felt it was necessary to shine a bright spotlight on their plans. Better to deter them from breaking the law than to overturn their illegal actions after-the-fact (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure).
We are incredibly proud and excited to be bringing I-1125 to the voters. It provides needed attention to some critically impactful policies. Special interest groups and politicians don't want an open debate on this ... they prefer cutting backroom deals and keeping the voters in the dark about what they're doing. With I-1125, the public will learn about what's going on and get the chance to weigh in in a meaningful way.
More on I-1125 here: http://soundpolitics.com/archives/014813…