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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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I-1033 pro: Limiting government revenue growth, unless voters approve

Despite newspapers like The Spokesman-Review lobbying for and getting a massive taxpayer-financed bailout from Olympia this year, they don’t recognize that average taxpayers are hurting too. And the worst thing government can do right now is raise taxes because that’ll just make the recession last longer. That’s why Gov. Chris Gregoire’s recent “revenue-raising” agenda makes Initiative 1033 especially necessary. I-1033 protects taxpayers and our struggling economy by making sure that state, county and city politicians cannot take more of our money unless voters approve. With I-1033, instead of constantly trying to maximize revenue – taking more of our money with higher taxes, increased fees or jacked-up property assessments – politicians will have to spend their time maximizing the effectiveness of existing revenue. And “more revenue” will only be a last resort and only with voter approval.

Initiative has social service agencies worried

Recent polls that show Washington's I-1033 with a comfortable lead have alarmed nonprofits that work on housing and children's issues. They're asking volunteers to help defeat the measure, which would limit government spending.