Drinking to Income Tax, Workers’ Comp and Candy and Soda Taxes

The Secretary of State’s office says backers of an initiative that would implement an income tax in Washington have scheduled an appointment to drop off signatures. So have those who would allow private insurers to compete with state workers’ comp insurance program and others would roll back taxes on candy and soda. The press release follows.

An INITIATIVE UPDATE: The campaign for Initiative 1098 (income tax on high-wage earners and reduction in some state taxes) have scheduled an appointment at the state Elections Division in Olympia for 9 a.m., next Thursday, July 1, to turn in signatures. Campaign director Sandeep Kaushik estimates they will be turning in about 325,000 signatures.

July 2 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for initiative campaigns to submit signatures. It takes 241,153 valid signatures of registered Washington voters (8 percent of the vote for governor in 2008) to earn a spot on the fall statewide ballot. The Elections Division always recommends bringing in at least 300,000, to cover duplicates and invalid signatures.

This is the fourth initiative to schedule a turn-in. Backers of I-1100, a measure to privatize liquor sales, turned in what they estimated at nearly 400,000 signatures on Wednesday. The petition sheets are being processed by the state Archives. The measure is expected to qualify for a 3 percent random check of signatures in early July.

Two others are with appointments on deadline day are I-1107, rolling back new taxes on pop, bottled water, candy and other products, turning in at 8:30 a.m.; and I-1082, allowing private carriers to compete with the state workers’ compensation insurance program, 11:30 a.m., on July 2.

For more info, you can contact the sponsors. Teresa Glidden is at the initiative desk in Olympia,

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