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INITIATIVES: Kevin Randall Breaks Down The Initiatives For You

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you are still on the fence about some of the Initiatives that are presented on the ballot this year, or perhaps a little confused on what they mean to you, don't fret! KHQ Reporter Kevin Randall went through the voter pamphlet, and compiled information from various other sources, to bring you all the Initiatives broken down into simple terms.

 

Hey everyone,

I've written a brief explanation of all the state initiatives for the election.  I hope this will make it easier for anyone needing the info fast. 

Enjoy.

- Kevin Randall

  

INITIATIVE 1053 -

This is a measure proposed by Tim Eyman.

 

Basically it makes it more difficult to raise taxes in Washington because this initiative requires a 2/3 majority vote in both the house and the senate to pass taxes.

 

INITIATIVE 1098 - This is a tax on the rich. 

The measure would add a 5% tax on the individual who makes more than 200-thousand dollars a year or a 5% tax on a married couple who makes more than 400-thousand dollars a year.  If you make over a million a year, it's a 9% tax increase plus another 15-thousand dollars. 

 

INITIATIVE 1100 -

This is the liquor initiative or also sometimes called the "COSTCO Initiative.

 

It would close state liquor stores, authorize sale, distribution, and importation of spirits by private parties.

Supported by: Costco, Safeway, Wal-Mart

 

INITIATIVE 1107 - CANDY, BOTTLE WATER, AND SODA.

This measure would end sales tax on candy, bottle water, carbonated drinks and reduce tax rates for certain processed food like meat, fruits and veggies.

 

The measure would repeal the 2010 law that increased the sales tax for these items.

 

REFERENDUM 52 –

This would allow bonds to pay for construction and repair work for schools and local colleges to make them more energy efficient.  It would also continue the sales tax on bottled water which is set to expire in 2013.

 

RESOLUTION 4220: 

This resolution comes in the wake of a law-enforcement death including the deaths of the 4 Lakeside police officers who were shot and killed last year.

 

The Legislature passed a series of laws including one to make it possible for a person charged with a crime punishable by life imprisonment to be held without bail.

 

Under current law, only persons facing a charge punishable by execution can be held without bond while awaiting trial.

 

RESOLUTION 8225:

This would change the state constitution to change the way the state calculates its debt, which determines how much it can sell in bonds.

 

Supporters call it a way to reduce the amount of interest the state pays for bonds, they also say it will not change the state's constitutional debt limit.

 

Opponents however say it's an accounting gimmick that will allow the state to take on more debt, and place more financial burdens on taxpayers and their children.

 INITIATIVE 1082 -

If passed, this measure would allow employers to purchase private industrial insurance starting in July 2012 instead of paying into the state system. It would also eliminate the worker-paid share of medical benefit premiums.

This is one of the initiatives that Mayor Mary Vender said yesterday would cost the City about 175-thousand dollars in 2011 if passed. That's because Washington currently requires workers to pay a portion of the medical fund rates, which I-1082 would end, and the city would have to pay the difference.

But supporters say employers will be paying less because the market will be more competitive, and insurance companies would have to lower their rates.

 

 

 

 

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