OLYMPIA, Wash. - More than 70 initiatives have been filed with the
Washington Secretary of State's office and, in order to make it onto the
primary election ballot in August, their supporters have until July 2
to gather at least 241,153 signatures of registered voters. So, the
petition-signing process is in full swing.
In order to cut through the confusion, Aaron Ostrom, executive director
of Fuse Washington
, says his progressive voters' group came up
with a slogan to help members recall the only initiative they've decided
to support this year.
"'If it ain't 1098, don't take the bait.' Nearly every other initiative
would undermine our communities and our quality of life - and most of
them are bankrolled by deep-pocketed corporations that are really
focused only on increasing their profits."
Initiative 1098 is the proposal to create a state income tax for people
who earn more than $200,000 a year. Ostrom cites Initiative 1107 as a
recent addition to the list. It's an attempt to stop the new sales taxes
on soft drinks and candy, which the Legislature approved as a way to
help address the state budget.
"It's basically the soda and candy industries' attempt to overturn candy
and pop taxes. They put $1.3 million into the coffers on this, this
Other initiatives would privatize state liquor sales in Washington,
remove civil and criminal penalties for adult use of marijuana, and
require a two-thirds majority vote in the Legislature for any tax or
revenue-related bills, to name just a few.
Anyone who asks a person to sign a petition must be able to offer a copy
of the initiative, so it can be read first. The information is also
available on the Secretary of State's website, at
Of all the initiatives, Ostrom expects only six or seven to get the
required amount of signatures within the next three weeks, and he says
that's an unusually high number.