I’m appalled but not surprised at the state Supreme Court’s unjust decision to once again circumvent the will of the Washington state voters. Add Initiative 695 to this growing list of government blockades: the baseball stadium and Seattle monorail being two other prime examples.
I will certainly remember this in future elections.
The way I see it, these judges either:
1. Believe the initiative process is flawed, and voters are just too stupid to realize what they are are voting on.
2. Believe people should have have no say in how much of their hard-earned money state and local governments relieve them of.
3. Believe the state’s constitution only applies to and serves government itself, not the ordinary citizens of this state.
4. Believe all of the above.
The court’s timing could be bad for certain state and local politicians, although the Legislature did salvage the $30 license fee. (Otherwise, I’m sure we would have lost it all!) Will there be a backlash against I-695 opponents on Nov. 7, Gary Locke included? Will it in fact be a GOP landslide similar to ‘94? Stay tuned.
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