Stories tagged: initiative
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Battle lines drawn in political fight over coal, oil train fines in downtown Spokane
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich repeated his promise Thursday to seek a legal injunction if the measure on the November ballot passes, and said he’s in talks with railroads about joining him. …
Mon., July 17, 2017, 7:51 p.m.
Progressive center that opposed anti-tax measure fined for campaign violations
A progressive think tank will pay the state more than $30,000 to settle claims of campaign finance violations in its failed efforts to defeat a 2015 initiative.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Eyman launches initiative to toss Sound Transit car-tab taxes
Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he’s launching a new initiative to the Legislature to toss out Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes and instead tax every vehicle in the state at …
Wed., June 14, 2017
Mainstream ethics laws overdue in Idaho
The state remains just one of three without financial disclosure requirements for any elected or appointed state official.
Tue., June 13, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
Nature Conservancy weighs potential carbon tax measure in Washington
Saying there’s a huge opportunity to move forward on climate change, The Nature Conservancy is weighing a potential carbon-tax ballot measure to put before voters as early as next year.
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Spokane groups sue to keep initiative targeting ‘sanctuary city’ policy off November ballot
Six Spokane organizations have filed a lawsuit to keep an initiative targeting the city’s policy restricting police from questioning someone’s citizenship status off the November ballot.
UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 6:10 p.m.
Business groups drop challenge to Washington’s new minimum wage, family leave law
Business groups say they won’t appeal a court ruling that threw out their challenge to the state’s new minimum wage law.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5 p.m.
‘California is a nation, not a state’: A fringe movement wants a break from the U.S.
Bolstered by the election of President Donald Trump, Yes California is collecting the signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot. Its goal is to have California …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
New initiative seeks property tax cut
Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman has filed his latest effort, a measure that seeks a 25 percent property tax cut.
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 5 p.m.
With I-735, Washington voters called for campaign reform, but Republicans in Congress unlikely to take action
Although I-735 passed, a constitutional amendment to control campaign contributions and spending isn’t right around the corner.
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Olympia to vote on income tax for high earners
Washington voters have rejected personal income tax-related measures at the statewide ballot several times over the past eight decades. Now voters in the state capital will decide whether to approve …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 5 p.m.
With Initiative 1433, Washington voters could increase minimum wage to $13.50 and mandate paid sick leave
The effects of raising the minimum wage through I-1433 are hard to predict.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
Olympia to challenge income tax initiative
The Olympia City Council will challenge a proposed initiative that would create a city income tax in Washington state.
Fri., July 1, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
Idaho campaign finance initiative falls short, won’t make ballot
A sweeping campaign finance reform initiative that promised to change the role of money in politics in Idaho has fallen short of the number of verified signatures needed, and won’t …
Tue., June 28, 2016
Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective
Topics were food relief for Great Depression families, the soaring price of homes and an initiative about state-funded abortions.
Fri., May 20, 2016, 4:01 p.m.
Oregon unions push big corporate tax hike proposal
A proposal for the largest corporate tax hike in Oregon history is in the final stages of approval for the November ballot.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 7:58 a.m.
Victims’ rights initiative qualifies for November ballot
A citizens’ initiative seeking to expand the rights of Montana crime victims and their families qualified Friday for the November ballot.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 12:38 p.m.
Initiative proposes sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws
Sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws are being proposed in a voter initiative, from strict restrictions on campaign contributions from those holding or seeking big state contracts, to banning …
Wed., March 30, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
Carbon tax initiative goes to November ballot in Washington
An initiative that would create a carbon tax in Washington state is now headed to the November ballot.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 2:51 p.m.
Controversial immigration initiative could be headed to the ballot in Spokane
Spokane voters may see a controversial immigration initiative on ballots in November 2017, but not before a promised challenge in the courts. On Monday, the Spokane City Council reversed course …
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Gun-safety group wants new ballot measure
A gun-safety group is turning its attention to voters in Washington state after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to create “extreme-risk protection orders. These are orders that would let …
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Infighting jeopardizes Spokane immigration ballot initiative
Petitioners hoping to reverse Spokane policy prohibiting police from questioning if someone is in the country illegally have collected enough signatures to put the issue before voters. But voters may …
Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10 a.m.
Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions
The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 11:54 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Otter wants ‘instant racing’ back, but with restrictions
Eye on Boise column for Sunday
Sat., July 18, 2015
Auditor: Vote on immigration status measure unlikely this year, but close
November’s ballot likely will not see voters weighing in on a city ordinance barring police officers from making arrests based solely on immigration status. But petition organizers came “very, very …
Tue., June 9, 2015
Idahoans back boost in minimum wage, poll finds
BOISE – Seventy percent of Idahoans favor raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour from the current $7.25, according to a new independent poll, though state lawmakers have …
Tue., March 17, 2015
Exposure law proposal focused on Spokane baristas falls short on signatures
Bikini baristas will remain in Spokane. The Spokane County Elections Office ruled as invalid nearly half of the signatures collected to place an initiative on the November ballot asking voters …
Thu., Oct. 2, 2014
Hunters should stay aware of regulations on bear
It’s been 19 years since a voter- approved initiative eliminated baiting and use of hounds to hunt bears in Washington. Since then, most of the hunting of bears has been …
Thu., April 25, 2013
Eyman, Fagans want public vote on tax hikes
OLYMPIA – Unable to ask voters again to approve an initiative that requires a supermajority for tax increases, a group of self-described tax fighters will try to prod the Legislature …
Tue., March 12, 2013
Initiative limits bill clears Idaho Senate
BOISE – A bill making it tougher to put initiatives on the ballot cleared the Idaho Senate on Monday. Supporters of the legislation, which also apply to referenda, insist the …