WPC, Your Election Resource

Oct 17, 2016

WPC is your election resource on this year’s ballot initiatives!

During the 2016 Election voters will consider a number of statewide and local ballot issues.  As part of our Citizens’ Guide series, we have published independent reports to inform the public about some of the key statewide and local proposals that will be considered in the 2016 election.  These are:

Initiative 732 – increase taxes on carbon-based energy while cutting sales and business taxes to provide an incentive to reduce Washington’s carbon emissions without raising the general tax burden.

For the Full Study Click Here
I-732 proposes incentives, not mandates, in tackling climate change | Opinion Editorial | Seattle Times

Initiative 735 – a non-binding measure calling on Congress to overturn the Supreme Court decision in the 2010 Citizen United case, and re-impose the government’s earlier free-speech restrictions.

Initiative 1433 – to increase the state minimum wage and to increase it each year based on the Seattle inflation rate, and to impose a paid-leave mandate on employers.

For the Full Study Click Here
For the Policy Brief on Agricultural impact Click Here
For the Policy Note  on Agrigultural impact Click Here
For the two-page summary Policy Note Click Here
For an interview about the impact on farmer Click Here

Initiative 1464 – to use sales tax money to create a tax-funded voucher system that would let each voter give up to $150 in public money to private political campaigns.

For the Full Study Click Here
For the two-page summary Policy Note Click Here

Initiative 1491 – to impose new restrictions on gun ownership by allowing family members or the police to ask a court to collect and ban firearms access by a person deemed a public risk.

Initiative 1501 – to restrict the Public Records Act to prevent the release of publically-available contact information for state employees.  This measure was filed by unions in an effort to prevent a non-profit group, the Freedom Foundation, from informing public employees about their rights under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn.  The unions themselves would be exempt from their proposed initiative, however.

For the Full Study Click Here
For the two-page summary Policy Note Click Here

Sound Transit 3 tax increase – to increase the sales tax, yearly car taxes and the property tax to provide $54 billion more to the Sound Transit agency in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.  This measure would also permanently extend the taxes imposed earlier by Sound Transit, by cancelling the current tax expiration dates.

For the Full Study Click Here
For the two-page summary Policy Note Click Here

Spokane Transit tax increase – this local measure would increase the sales tax in the Spokane area to provide more money to the Spokane Transit Authority for expanded bus services and to create a $72 million Central City Line.

For the Full Study Click Here
For the two-page summary Policy Note Click Here

Seattle Initiative 124 – to impose work restrictions, wage rates, overtime rules and new mandates on Seattle hotel employees.  The labor unions that are sponsoring this measure would be exempt from its provisions.

For the Full Study Click Here
For the two-page summary Policy Note Click Here

Olympia Measure 1 – a proposal to create a city income tax to fund a college grant program.

For the Full Study Click Here