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November 02, 2004

Bad Taxes and Good Causes

The apparent defeat of the education tax measure reminds me of the ill fated Children's Initiative. It was a similarly constructed campaign: a straightforward appeal to the public to pay for the well being of the state's children. I ran the signature gathering portion of that campaign, which allows me to distance myself from its resounding defeat at the polls.

Of course, what we really need is to reform the state tax system, since it's the most regressive in the country. Although it's encouraging to see a nod to that issue in the Seattle Times piece on the current vote, in a nation where people vote their identity and not their self interest, I wonder how that will ever happen.

Posted by Michael Gilbert on November 2, 2004 at 10:33 PM in Ballot Initiatives | Permalink