Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No credible alternative from our opponents

More cuts are not the answer. Help pass I-1098:

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Our opponents have proposed no credible solution to our growing education funding crisis. When asked at last week's debate to explain what they would do to dig us out of our education funding hole -- we rank a dismal 47th out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of our economy that we invest in education -- one Defeat 1098 spokesman responded by arguing that instead of passing 1098 we should slash help for vulnerable seniors and the less fortunate by 20 percent:

“We are spending way too much on non-productive things, I am not saying human services are non-productive... and if we reduced that by 20% that would be $1.5 billion” - Lew McMurrin, lobbyist and Defeat 1098 Spokesman.

If our opponents win on Nov. 2, our state will be in serious trouble and our quality of life will be at risk. That is why we need your help today.

Our opponents clearly don’t have any real solutions to the crisis we face in Washington today. When pressured their only solution is more cuts to vital services.

I-1098 is a sensible approach that gives middle class and small businesses tax relief while asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share.

They know they can’t win a debate on education funding, or on the cuts to the Basic Health plan or on the unfairness of our tax system. So instead they are trying to deceive and mislead Washingtonians on what I-1098 will actually mean for you.

That is why we need your help to keep telling the truth to Washington’s voters.

Can you help reach our new goal of raising $118,000 online in the last 18 days of this campaign? With only 18 days left until all ballots are due, we are setting a goal of raising $1,000 a day:

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I-1098 means real help for Washington’s working families. Any couple making less than $400,000 a year will pay ZERO income tax. And all property and small business owners will actually see a tax cut!

The money generated by taxing the wealthiest 1.2% will all go to funding education and healthcare and reversing the devastating cuts.

Your contribution will help us reach our goal and make sure the thousands of volunteers working on this campaign have the materials they need to spread the word door-to-door and on the phones.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wealthy CEOs don't speak for small businesses

Push back against the CEOs and help reach the goal of raising $100,000 online for I-1098:
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Today CEOs from some of the wealthiest corporations in the state announced their opposition to I-1098.

Want to know what is really going on here? The corporate executives at some big businesses don't want to pay the tax. Its as simple as that.

The CEOs of these companies don't speak for small businesses. The truth is that I-1098 will eliminate business taxes for 118,000 small businesses in Washington State and cut taxes for an additional 39,000.

I am not surprised by this announcement but it is ironic that many of the CEOs who are opposing I-1098 have said time and time again that funding a world class education system is critical to our state's economy and our ability to compete globally.

Take a stand against these wealthy CEOs by contributing what you can. Please help reach the $100,000 goal for online fundraising by making a contribution today:


In the last 24 hours we have raised more than $5,000 for a total of $85,024 online. We need your help to reach the goal of $100,000 by the end of the week. Please contribute $1098, $109.80, $10.98 or whatever you can afford:


Investment bankers, venture capitalists, CEOs and many other wealthy individuals oppose I-1098 because they don't want to support education and healthcare with a modest income tax. They reject I-1098's property and small business tax relief as "trivial" and are spending millions to keep Washington's unfair tax system unchanged.

Your contribution will make sure that we can keep telling the truth to the voters of Washington. You can help make sure the wealthiest 1.2% of Washingtonians pay their fair share so we can educate our kids and provide healthcare for those most in need.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How I-1098 will help your community

Learn about and share with your friends how the budget cuts have hurt your community and what I-1098 will do about it:

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$11.6 billion in cuts over two years. What does that mean for me?

Its almost impossible for anyone to visualize what that means for our schools, hospitals and other essential public services.

That is why our researchers answered the question, "without I-1098, how much more will my community suffer and how much will I-1098 help my local school and other services?"

Here are the answers. We broke it down. The reports linked here show what each region in Washington has lost because of devastating budget cuts. For example, the Bellingham region has:

  • Increased tuition at Western Washington University by 24%
  • Cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and
  • Forced more than 8,000 people to wait in line for the most basic (and cost saving) medical care.
And a little further down the highway, the Everett region lost 192 teachers.

You can find the report for your region here:

When we all vote Yes on 1098, $1.4 billion a year will be restored to fund education in Washington State.  That will provide millions of dollars to each of our local communities to help prepare our children for the world.

Our future depends on our kids. Washington State is a competitive and wonderful place to live because of our educated and healthy workforce. Voting Yes on 1098 will reverse the devastating cuts that have put the middle class at greater risk just as more and more families are struggling and need our schools to be strong and the most basic healthcare services to be available.

Please share these reports with your friends and family all over Washington. We have reports specific to: Bellingham, Bremerton, Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Yakima.

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