Do Survey Results Mean More Dysfunction by Washington State Politicians?

Updated Jan. 12, 2013

The Washington State Legislature is about to convene its 2013 session — on Monday, Jan. 14. But 51 percent of queried Washington state legislators, and legislative and gubernatorial candidates failed to respond to a respected think tank’s survey on voter wishes regarding tax increases — and Initiative 1185.

Passing handily in November 2012, the initiative requires a supermajority approval in the state Legislature before lawmakers could pass any tax increases.

As a result of the survey’s results, any businessperson concerned about the state’s economic climate has reason to be concerned.

“With voters and lawmakers repeatedly enacting the supermajority vote for taxes requirement over the past 20 years, what could be more representative of the public will than allowing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to help end this debate once and for all?” he asks.

Ostensibly, WPC sent politicians  its survey because of the four disingenuous end-runs by the Legislature on each of the four tax initiatives approved by voters the past two decades.

The WPC survey question:

“If Initiative 1185 is adopted, would you vote to allow the people of Washington to have the opportunity to vote on a state constitution amendment to require a supermajority vote in the legislature to raise taxes?”

But more than half of the politicians didn’t bother to respond to WPC’s survey).

The summary of responses:

  • 101 answered “Yes”
  • 12 answered “No”
  • 6 said they do not answer surveys
  • 1 ended his campaign

“Of the 101 who answered ‘Yes,’ 94 were Republicans, four were Democrats and three were Independents. All 12 “No” answers were submitted by Democrats,” according to the study.“Also answering ‘Yes’ was gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna (candidate Jay Inslee did not respond).”

So whom do we blame for this apparently continuing dysfunction? You might think it’s the Democratic majority. Perhaps, but the voters keep electing these people into office.

From the Coach’s Corner, here are more thoughts:

“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
-Will Rogers


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