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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Spokane voters support ban on city income tax, open collective bargaining

Spokane voters were asked to weigh in on two propositions in this election, one that would ban a city income tax and another that would require collective bargaining sessions to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Jason Mercier: Prop 2: Slam the door on city establishing an income tax

This November, Spokane voters will consider Proposition 2, a charter amendment that would stop city officials from imposing a local income tax — a protection voters might want to make …


League of Women Voters of Idaho: Make your voice heard on preserving Prop. 2’s intent

Unfortunately, the Idaho Legislature has diluted the original intent of Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion initiative passed by more than 60% of the voters.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

Opposition to Proposition 2 grew in precincts farthest from downtown rail lines

Map of vote split in Spokane city precincts shows voters closest to downtown core and its rail line supported Proposition 2, those farthest away strongly opposed.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Spokane voters reject fines for coal, oil trains traveling through downtown

Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal …


Editorial: Prop. 2 well-meaning but misdirected

Ultimately this is a federal matter, so voters should turn down Proposition 2. But that doesn’t mean community leaders and citizens shouldn’t keep up the pressure.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear

On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Supporters of coal, oil train fine initiative accused of violating Washington campaign finance laws

The group Safer Spokane has been hit with a complaint alleging yearlong violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws for failing to file fiscal reports as required by law. …


Guest Opinion: Pro: Proposition 2 empowers the people, not oil and coal corporations

Proposition 2 is about truth, justice and protecting our community. It’s about whether “We the People” control our own governance, or concede it to the money and power of the …


Guest Opinion: Con: Proposition 2 is illegal, won’t make city safer

The fact remains: Trains are the safest, most environmentally friendly and most cost-effective means of moving coal and oil.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017

GSI opposes ballot measure fining rail shipments of oil, coal through Spokane

Greater Spokane Incorporated has officially come out against Proposition 2, a ballot measure that would fine rail shipments of oil and coal through Spokane.


Editorial: Street repair, Riverfront ballot issues deserve ‘yes’ vote

Propositions 1 and 2 offer Spokane voters savvy options for maintaining the streets and refurbishing a beloved park – without increasing current tax rates. Proposition 1 is the next step …


Why doesn’t this tax plan require a supermajority?

Last year, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1185, a measure requiring supermajority votes of two-thirds to raise taxes in the Legislature. Voters approved I-1185 with a not-quite-supermajority of 63.9 percent.


Our View: Proposition 2 cleans up language in City Charter

Don’t be alarmed by the massive legal ad that has appeared several times recently in The Spokesman-Review. It’s a full page and a half of small type, laying out an …


Hunt-Base Communities Would Lose Revenue

Small communities where sportsmen base their hunts for cougars and bears would take an economic hit by passage of Initiative 655. Meanwhile, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department would face …


Measure Increases Interest In Colorado

Instead of reducing hunter interest in black bears, a referendum that outlawed spring bear hunts, baiting and the use of hounds in Colorado seems to have piqued more interest in …


Cougars, Lions Go For Weakest Of Big Game

Without the use of trained hounds, hunting success for taking cougars could drop more than 90 percent, Washington Wildlife Department officials say. Where big game populations are healthy, increases in …