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Thursday, November 18, 2010

What's Happening in Olympia?

The gloom of November is thick in Olympia. You can hear politicians rustling about as they scurry in the darkness.

Initiative 1053 was enacted by the state's voters. I-1053 only re-enacts I-960, which the "Democrats" in the State Legislature set aside last Spring in their lust for more taxes.

One requirement of I-1053 (and the old I-960 for that matter) is the legislature is to report who voted for or against on each taxation or fees bill. State government should be transparent.

You'd think the Legislature would have gotten the message from the People they work for. But no... the Legislature is behaving like a bad employee.

The Legislature has voted on several tax increase measures since the election. They are not reporting the results. We don't know for sure if they are increasing the tax burden or not. I-1053 does not go into effect until next January. So the Legislature is not obliged to report what they are doing. And they aren't reporting.

Impolite is pretty certain our taxes are going up. If the Legislature was voting these measures down, they would say something --- if only to bask in the glow of finally doing the People's will.

But who knows? The politicians aren't telling. We the People are in the dark. When politician can make law in a corner they are most dangerous.

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