Noteworthy Articles and Columns

Val Torrens | Eyman's I-1033 deserves the boot (North Kitsap Herald)
And, the idea that state and local government can just put a levy on a ballot to get needed extra funds is ludicrous. Schools and fire districts already must operate this way and those involved in those finances will tell you that is no way to “run a railroad.” Just holding an election is expensive, costing thousands of dollars that could have spent directly on the programs that need them. I-1033 is a bad idea. Give it the boot it deserves.

Jerry Cummins | No to I-1033 (Walla Walla Union Bulletin)
No matter what Tim Eyman says, I-1033 will hurt other communities, and it will hurt Walla Walla. We will have even fewer resources to repair our roads. We will struggle to maintain our local parks. Our kids will sit in more crowded classrooms. Public safety will be negatively affected and our public health-care offerings will worsen. Times are tough — but I-1033 will make them worse. I urge my fellow citizens of Walla Walla to carefully consider the negative outcomes of Initiative 1033 and cast a vote against this initiative.

Letters to the Editor | Don't be fooled; Long history of failure (Seattle Times)
Tim Eyman has a long history of failure. More often than not, his wacky initiatives fail to qualify for the ballot, are defeated by voters, or are struck down in court ['Judge won’t edit voter’s pamphlet for I-1033,' NWSaturday, Sept. 12]. Eyman’s latest scheme, I-1033, is designed to make our state a failure too, by locking us into a permanent recession.

TV Story | Initiative 1033... Could Mean Major Cuts In Services (Q13 Fox)
The Federal Way city council just voted unanimously to oppose initiative 1033. The city's financial services administrator Bryant Enge says they've already had to make big cuts to their bottom line. 'It's a big deal. We've already laid off 12 employees to try and pay for officers,' he says."

Article | Treasurer: Eyman initiative could cost state millions (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"Tim Eyman's initiative that would limit government spending could hurt Washington's credit rating, which would cost the state tens of millions of dollars, state Treasurer James McIntire says. [...] McIntire said credit ratings consider numerous factors, including initiatives like Eyman's. 'They want to know how your economy is doing, they want to how your revenues are doing, they want to know what your balance sheet looks like...and they ask about things like initiatives,' he said in an interview. "Anything that restricts taxes or spending, that's going to have a long-term structural impact to come to resolution about financial management, is something that they worry about.'"

Letter to the Editor | Taxpayers can’t afford I-1033 (Mukilteo Beacon)
The amount of money each of us will receive in property tax rebates will be negligible in comparison to the services we will lose from our local communities. Many communities will be decimated for years to come. Many government agencies have already laid off a substantial number of employees and are operating on lean staffing numbers. They are spending down rainy day funds to provide the services the public needs and wants (maintained roadways, public safety, education, recreation facilities, etc.), and if these agencies are not already in the accounting red zone, they will be in the foreseeable future.

Bill Taylor | Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1033 is a real clunker (Renton Reporter)
I-1033 promises to bring more budget cuts and upheaval to state and local governments that are already cutting services to stay afloat. In 2009, we saw state government make budget reductions that resulted in teacher layoffs, basic health plan reductions and further cutbacks in public health and human services. And we’ve seen cities and counties lay off employees, require furloughs and rein in basic services. Get ready for more education, health, and human services cuts if 1033 were to pass – the Office of Financial Management forecasts that it will result in $5.9 billion in reductions at the state level by 2015, and $2.1 billion for Renton and other cities across Washington.

TV Story | Council opposes initiative capping general fund growth (KHQ Spokane)
Monday night, the Spokane City Council voted unanimously to oppose Initiative 1033 which would cap the annual growth of state, county and city general funds. The City's General Fund pays for basic City services, including police, fire, streets, parks and libraries.

Letter to the Editor | Take a good, hard look at I-1033 (Selah Independent)
In the City of Selah, General Fund revenues are used for parks & recreation, fire, police, planning, finance, and administration, including court and legal expenses, staffing, building and community development. In recent years the Council has worked very hard to eliminate waste in our City government. Department heads have been required to trim their budget proposals each year, and they’ve done it. Because of that frugality, we are in the position to be punished if Initiative 1033 passes.

Article | Council takes a stand against Initiative 1033 (Kirkland Reporter)
"'I think the reason the council unanimously opposes this is because like any successful business in Kirkland, if you don't cover additional costs with additional revenue you will be forced to deliver a lesser product to the public,' said Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger. The council approved the measure after holding a public hearing where the council received information from the Finance Department about the financial impact to the city’s general fund."

Article | Federal Way predicts pain if Eyman's I-1033 passes (Federal Way Mirror)
"This really hurts cities like ours that have been proactive and conservative," council member Dini Duclos said. The Washington State Office of Financial Management estimates that I-1033, if passed by voters in November, will reduce the state's general fund by $5.9 billion, the counties' general funds by $694 million and cities' general funds by $2.1 billion by 2015, said Bryant Enge, City of Federal Way financial services administrator.

Dominic Holden | Tim Eyman's Latest Attempt to #$%! Over the State (The Stranger)
Indeed, even the early forecasts of I-1033 show potentially devastating impacts on the state's budget for education, health care, and vaccines. As a result, class sizes could grow, increasing numbers of poor and elderly people would be kicked off state-funded health programs, and response to natural disasters and disease outbreaks would be minimal because the state couldn't run surpluses to pay for them.

Andrew Villeneuve | Eyman’s I-1033 would cause economic devastation (Reporter Newspapers)
The Office of Financial Management has calculated that I-1033 would forcibly wipe out $6 billion in funding for public services at the state level by 2015. That’s $6 billion, with a “b,” folks. Six billion dollars that we would not invest in schools and colleges, parks, or health and human services.

Article | Eyman initiative is opposed by SeaTac lawmakers (Federal Way News)
City Manager Craig Ward said the initiative would have a "pernicious impact." "Economic development would not be useful," Ward declared. "We would receive more jobs but any windfall from economic development would count against us." Senior Assistant City Attorney Mark Johnsen noted that if the economy improves, the city would not be able to keep the extra revenues generated if voters approve the measure in November.

Article | Tax-restraint measure debated -- with Tim Eyman via telephone (Peninsula Daily News)
County Administrator Jim Jones said during a question-and-answer session that property taxes account for 28 percent of overall revenue in 2009, but I-1033's limitation also would apply to the other 72 percent of revenue sources. Jones said in a later interview that the initiative exempts federal revenues from the state limitation and allows the state to make deposits to its rainy-day fund before giving back excess revenues as property tax relief -- both advantages not available to counties and cities. "That's the killer for us," Jones added.

Blog Post | If you like California’s budget crisis, you’ll love Washington’s Initiative 1033 (Economic Opportunity Institute)
California’s budget-by-initiative process has helped decimate the state’s public transportation, education, health care…you name it. And while Washington’s budget problems aren’t as bad as California’s, if Initiative 1033 passes this fall, we’ll know what it’s like to live in the Golden State without even moving across state lines.

Joel Connelly | I-1033: An initiative that could turn Washington into Mississippi (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Every time there is a recession year -- when the need for government services goes up -- the initiative would reduce amount of money that governments are able to spend. Bluntly put, I-1033 jerks away the ladder by which this state would climb out of recession.

Editorial | I-1033 bad, but leaders need to act on tax reform (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
Health care, labor and energy costs rise much faster than 1 percent annually, which means government must continually cut services to balance budgets. I-1033 would exacerbate this decline. Currently, the county finds itself dipping into reserves, passing temporary sales tax hikes and asking voters to assess themselves more for a new jail. This same budget story is playing out in governments throughout the state.