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Second, 30 interns to 100s??? Come on. That's an expansion nightmare and really absurd to comtemplate.
I am supposing the Stranger is unaware of 4Culture which is a program the County already funds and one of the main missions of that program - cultural heritage education.
I'm saying no for several reasons.
1) another regressive tax? It may seem small to most of us but, for poor people, it's real money. 2) we will hit a wall with voter fatigue for taxes and, as the Times points out, what will lose then? Housing for low-income folks and homeless people? Services for those people? The Families and Education levy (up for renewal n 2019)?
3) vague language in the prop. I hate that and it always makes me very suspicious.
4) the existence of the 4Culture program which may not do the same things but is indeed an arts program.
5) the City did give the school district $500K for schools - low-income schools - in the Central district for arts programming.
It's not like people don't care or aren't trying but I'm not sure this is the right prop.
Most of the posts about voting No are from people who don't even live here.
Seriously, where do you find the energy (nay the balls) to be outraged by anything else but your tax code???
It's hanging around everything you try to do like a dead fish, and you keep saying...oh Eastern Washington...but we never actually see you fight Eastern Washington or fight for a less regressive state tax code ever.
When was the last time your little May Day shit heads broke a window for a state income tax? Googled around a bit, and can't find 1 statewide or local interest group actually trying to fix your shitty tax code.
I'd be fed up with all of you too. Maybe you just don't deserve arts and sciences!
So given that 4Culture is all over the text of the prop and you missed that, did you actually read it?... (Regarding your third reason for voting no)
As a supporter of the arts (and the sciences!) I'm voting YES.
My answer is always this: At the same time you repeal the prohibition on the income tax, put into the state constitution that the state sales tax can't be greater than 3%. Problem solved.
file this as another lesson on "waaaah, my rent is high" class.
@17 actually, it is a must-have. Arts and cultural education closes the opportunity gap.
@18 you're right, we need to overhaul our tax code, but in the meantime we shouldn't punish kids for that. There was a great opinion piece in The Seattle Times today from the school superintendent in Kent about how students in districts like his just don't have the same access to arts and science education as kids in wealthier schools in Seattle. In my opinion, we should pass this for them, then get back to work on overhauling our tax system to lower the overall sales tax.
Prop 1 gives the wealthiest organizations who sponsored the initiative while the smaller organizations will get a drop in the bucket. The wealthiest organizations are promoting Prop 1 with an expensive media buy on local TV stations and even on MSNBC! They hired the Bill Nye to pander to us too! How transparent is that? The advertising tries to convince us that they will be helping low-income families with Prop 1, when it is the very wealthiest organizations who will benefit and they will hit low-income families the hardest!
Prop 1 should go back to the drawing board and should be rewritten to support the smaller arts and culture organizations who really deserve and need the funds and the zoo should be exempt. And, I hope the voters of King County will notice that we have VERY serious problems to fix in our communities, like homelessness, gridlock, and sewage issues. Please folks, it is time to say NO to Prop 1.