Taking a Stand on Ballot IssuesOctober 2nd, 2009 by lwvkitsap
The League of Women Voters never endorses candidates, but it
does take positions on issues.
On the two statewide ballot issues in the Nov. 3 election, the League recommends voting yes on Referendum 71 and no on Initiative 1033.
R-71 endorses the so-called “everything but marriage” bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year and signed by the governor. It provides equal rights equivalent to those of married couples to couples the same sex and unmarried senior couples.
I-1033, sponsored by Tim Eyman, would cap the growth of state, county and city general funds at the rate of inflation, plus population growth. Any revenue above the cap would be used to lower property taxes. Revenue increases above the cap would have to be approved by voters.
Here is more detail on the state League’s positions on the ballot issues, plus websites for more information on both sides of each:
At the biennial State Convention, League members voted to take a
YES position on this referendum because of our position opposing
discrimination. R-71 asks voters to ratify a bill that was passed
in the 2009 Legislature and signed by the Governor. The bill
provides equal rights equivalent to those of married couples to
couples of the same sex and all unmarried senior couples in many
Death benefits for partners of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Right to use sick leave to care for a seriously ill partner.
Pension benefits for partners of teachers and other public employees
Right to workers compensation benefits if a partner is killed in the course of employment
The League has joined with a coalition to do voter education, voter pamphlet statements and action. For more information, please go to the Yes on R-71 website: www.approvereferendum71.org.
League of Women Voters of the United States: “Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice…”
League of Women Voters of Washington: “…no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination.” Position in Brief: Action to achieve equal rights for all.
Websites for more information:
Approve = www.approvereferendum71.org
Disapprove = www.protectmarriagewa.com
At our August 7, 2009 board meeting, the LWVWA Board agreed to join the No on 1033 coalition. To clarify our position opposing the initiative, the Board made an August email board decision to oppose I-1033. At our regular board meeting on September 11th, we affirmed our opposition to Initiative 1033.
Based on our position regarding fair, open and flexible taxes, the Board believes this initiative is none of these. I-1033 is misleading and complicated. Limiting expenses through a rigid and arbitrary formula based on population growth and inflation, this initiative falls far short of being able to fund even our current levels of health care, education and other basic services. While I-1033 may sound good on the surface, limiting spending in this way will have many unintended consequences.
From LWVWA Principles: “…government should maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation…”
Position In Brief: Action to obtain a balanced tax structure that is fair, adequate, flexible and has a sound economic effect.
The League of Women Voters of Washington believes that flexibility and recognition of changing times and needs is important in tax policy.
Websites for more information:
Pro = www.permanent-offense.org
Con = www.no1033.org