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Initiative 1033: Vote no
I-1033 is another attempt by initiative-generator Tim Eyman to add another unnecessary layer of fine print to Washington state government.
The Washington State Office of Financial Management estimates that I-1033, if passed by voters, will reduce the state’s general fund by $5.9 billion, the counties’ general funds by $694 million and cities’ general funds by $2.1 billion by 2015.
According to Eyman, I-1033 promises to lower property taxes and limit state, counties’ and cities’ abilities to spend wildly by putting restrictions on the amount of revenue directed to each entity’s general fund. Caps for any one year will be based on the previous year’s total revenue to the general fund, plus a percentage reflecting inflation and growth.
City of Mercer Island officials have said that 1033 will cost the city more than $15 million over the next five years and would likely result in layoffs and service cuts.
I-1033 will add another obstacle in the path of good government and Mercer Island — and all the essential services it now provides — will suffer if the initiative passes.
Referendum 71: Approve
The Mercer Island Reporter recommends approving Referendum 71 to expand domestic partnership rights to gay and lesbian families as well as senior domestic partners. It offers protection to families of all descriptions in obtaining the services that most already enjoy, whether it be financial well-being or the right to speak for a loved one in time of need.
Dow Constantine for King County Executive
The Reporter also endorses Dow Constantine for the position of King County executive. Mr. Constantine not only votes in every election but brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table. As chair of the King County Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of Sound Transit, he knows what is ahead for King County. His experience, we say, is much more complex and multi-faceted than that of his opponent. He is better suited for the job ahead.