On Aug. 28 at a candidate forum at Warm Beach Senior Community Center, 10th District candidates were asked to discuss their views of the initiatives, I-937 (energy), I-920 (repeal of the estate tax), and I-933 (property rights). Tim Knue was asked first, and was for I-937, against I-920, and against I-933. Barbara Bailey responded no on I-937 because private businesses should not be subsidized by the government, yes on I-920, and yes on I-933, because although the initiative may have some problems, she looked forward to fixing it in a future legislative session.
The oil industry in the United States is subsidized heavily by the government. The estate tax affects properties valuing over $2 million per individual, $4 million per couple, affecting as few as 210 estates a year in Washington. Most importantly, during the two years after I-933 passage, when the Legislature can’t touch it, county governments who are responsible to pay or waive the petitions put before them would be bankrupt, jeopardizing the services offered such as human resources, police and fire protection. Please be very careful casting your valuable vote, and make sure you vote.