Dave Makes Predictable Ballot Choices, But At Least He Can Tell You Why

Oct 12, 2010, 3:43 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:48 pm

1053 — Restoring the 2/3rds majority requirement for raising taxes. It didn’t prevent the budget shortfalls here; it hasn’t helped in California either. There’s no shortcut. The only way to control spending is to elect representatives who can control spending. Keeping your family functional, not making bad life decisions and raising well-adjusted non-smoking non-obese children who won’t need state services would also help a lot. I’ll vote NO.

1082 — This allows private companies to compete with the state in providing worker compensation payments for injury, illness, and disability. The point of doing this would be to save money, except there’s nothing to indicate that it would. The fiscal impact statement says insurance costs to small businesses would actually go up. Which makes sense, because a private insurance company needs to make a profit. Competition is supposed to keep costs down — but I’ve noticed that competition doesn’t seem to work in the health insurance business. I’ll vote NO.

1098 A 5% state income tax that kicks in for every dollar earned over $400,000 (AGI) for couples, rising to 9% over $1,000,000. In exchange, part of the state property tax and B&O tax will be cut, but it’s NOT revenue neutral. It will raise at least 1.5 billion more dollars.

The idea is pretty simple: shift the tax burden to people who have more money. Since the tax only applies to the amount over $400,000 for couples, a couple making $401,000 a year (AGI) would pay an additional $50.

The critics are correct that after two years, the threshold could be lowered. But I’m hoping that instead the Republicans will take over and change it to divert the revenue toward a large enough property tax exemption that would let you own a modest home tax free. Then we’d finally have a truly fair tax system. But it has to start somewhere. I’ll vote YES.

1100/1105 — Ending the state monopoly on liquor. I’m baffled by these measures. What I do know is that they were written by retailers and distributors to suit their business models. There’s no guarantee liquor prices would drop. And the idea that liquor needs to be even more available? Check out the party that sent 12 CWU kids to the hospital — somehow they managed to get all they needed. I’ll vote NO.

1107 — Ending the new taxes on candy and bottled water. If I thought the income tax would pass, I’d vote to repeal these taxes as unnecessary, but since I have serious doubts, I’ll vote NO.

Ref 52 — Borrow $505 million dollars for selected projects intended to fix up schools and save energy. This relies on extending the bottled water tax, but I think people are angry enough this year to pass 1107 and leave this unfunded, which would be bad. I’d vote yes if I thought the income tax would pass, but… I’ll vote NO.

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Dave Makes Predictable Ballot Choices, But At Least He Can Tell You Why