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Landowners: want to make an impression on Olympia?

Posted by Liberty on February 25, 2009

http://www.mylandnotyours.com/

There is a property rights rally on Monday, March 2, 2009. 

Meet at noon on the North steps of the Capitol.

Join Evergreen Freedom Foundation, The Christian Coalition, Cattle Producers of Washington and Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights in taking a stand against Olympia’s intrusion on your private property rights!

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State income tax analysis from EFF

Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009

Will state income tax appear on November 2009 ballot?

We know that state senator Rosa Franklin [a Democrat…who else?] has again introduced her perennial bill that would impose a state income tax.  Anybody who would believe that a state income tax would be a straight across trade for the way we pay into the state coffers now is deceiving themselves.  Any alteration in taxes proposed by our dear Washington State Democrats will result in a raw deal for the taxpayers and more revenue for state government. 

It is my understanding that this measure would be have to be voted upon by us little people but sometimes, I have my doubts that my fellow Washingtonians could choose right.  At any rate, the better informed Conservatives are, the better we will be able to articulate our opposition to any more taxes.

“The bill has three major fiscal reform elements that would drastically change the state’s revenue structure. First, it proposes a graduated state income tax on individuals and businesses (except corporations). Second, it eliminates the state portion of the property tax. Third, it reduces the state portion of the sales tax from 6.5 percent to 3.5 percent.”

And a few points against it from the EFF blog:

“Legislators add the income tax as another category, thus allowing tax-creep in every category. 

The proposed income tax adds another layer of complexity and cost for citizens.

It would dramatically increase taxes for people who do not own a home or have children.

It would punish those who succeed financially by taking larger portions of their income as it increases.”

The EFF blog [www.libertylive.org] has details about the proposed income tax rates and also a few scenarios that help illustrate how an income tax would impact people.  Here’s a thought I’d like to throw out there.  Will this finally be the year?  Has the time finally come?  Are we here in Washington going to finally hit the breaking point as far as taxes are concerned?  I propose a Boston Tea Party-esque tax revolt.  Anybody in?

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Where to go to find Washington State’s biggest spenders

Posted by Liberty on January 15, 2009

Who will be session’s first Big Spender? Place your wagers here

The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is hard at work compiling their list of the biggest spenders for the 2009 legislative session.

“Thanks to Initiative 960’s transparency provisions, the 2008 session was the first time taxpayers had the opportunity to know how much a new law would cost them before it passed. EFF used the cost projections from the Office of Financial Management to add the cost of each bill by sponsor and co-sponsor. We then ranked legislators from the highest to the lowest for their costly new legislation.”

I think it’s important to really publicize what our legislators in Olympia are doing.  They seem to have enjoyed a certain degree of anonymity over the years but thanks to groups like EFF, maybe we can remind them that their actions are subject to public scrutiny. 

Incidentally, here’s the link to last year’s ranking of the biggest spenders:

Hey, Big Spender!
How much will your legislator cost you?

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Look out Washington! The legislature’s back!

Posted by Liberty on January 10, 2009

Check your freedoms at the door and whip out that checkbook–the Washington State legislature’s back in town.  If you’re still in the mood for New Year’s resolutions, may I suggest that you make 2009 the year that you really keep tabs on what’s happening in Olympia?  State lawmakers have been running roughshod over the citizenry of Washington State for a little too long.  One resource for the latest action in the state capitol is the Washington Policy Center’s website, WashingtonVotes.org

WashingtonVotes.org is the Best Way to Follow Lawmakers as They Tackle $5+ Billion Budget Shortfall

You can search for legislation by keyword or bill number and you can also pull up specific legislators to check out what bills they’re introducing and sponsoring, along with how they’re voting.  From there, it’s easy to click directly to your legislator’s e-mail address so you can drop them a little note and let them know how they can serve you better.

I’m also going to recommend the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and their terrific blog, Liberty Live.  While WashingtonVotes.org is non-partisan, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has more of a Conservative flavor to it.  Just read the opening line of their mission statement:

“Our mission is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and limited, accountable government.”

With that positive, Conservative message in mind, steel your resolve to watch what your legislator is doing this session.  When they’re right, contact them and let them!  When they’re wrong, do the same! 

And, on that note, here’s a little re-cap of some of the important issues they were working on in 2008, courtesy of Mike Reitz at Liberty Live.

“There ought to be a law…”

“Eyebrow-raising laws from 2008
  • Sellers of raw huckleberries are required to obtain a state permit.
  • Individuals who inadvertently discover skeletal human remains must immediately call the coroner and the police.
  • Antifreeze has apparently become more refreshing since my childhood, prompting the legislature to require the addition of a bitter-tasting chemical to the antifreeze distributed in Washington. Manufacturers must now ‘render the product unpalatable.'”

The list goes on from there so peek at Mike’s blog to see them all.

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