December 21, 2010
SENATOR ROACH RIPS SENATOR HAUGEN over Democrats' plan to violate I-1053
Here's what Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn) sent out earlier today:
Last month I requested an informal opinion of Attorney General Rob McKenna regarding the effects of I-1053. Specifically, I asked if the Transportation Commission was still able to impose toll and fee increases given the clear language of I-1053 requiring a recorded vote in the House and Senate. I was extremely gratified with Attorney General Rob McKenna's opinion because it backs up the plain reading of the initiative, requiring the Legislature to specifically approve such increases. The responsibility for such impactful decisions must shift back to the Legislature.
I-1053 requires a 2/3 vote of the legislature to raise taxes, but it also clearly requires a simple majority vote of both chambers and a governor's signature to raise fees, tolls, and ferry fares.
As a citizen legislator and co-sponsor of the initiative, I know that the people want to hold their elected officials accountable for all revenue increases.
Despite being in Germany right now, I have been monitoring the reaction to McKenna's ruling. I was appalled at Senate Transportation Committee Chairwoman Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island) comments that she wants the first vote of the next Legislature to violate the will of 64% of the people. She said she wants the Democratic caucus to vote to have the legislature divest itself of the responsibility for deciding transportation fees and tolls and place it back with an unelected, unaccountable commission. That is disingenuous, counter to the will of the voters, and just a bad idea. I cannot believe there is even one Republican who will support such a measure.
I-1053 puts the process of funding transportation back out into the open. Citizens will no longer have to genuflect before a commission -- all hand-picked by the Governor -- that has been gifted the right to circumvent the legislature without accountability. The people of this state clearly voted to take back the control of their government. The 64% vote for I-1053 can only reflect a non-partisan demand for greater accountability, not less. Senator Haugen is clearly out of step with the people and will place her party at even greater peril in 2012 should they follow her lead. Republicans must stand unified against Senator Haugen's arrogant suggestion to override the will of the people. We will be the party that demands the effects of I-1053 stand.
Years ago, legislators figured they could avoid the potential wrath of voters if they could just find a way to blame someone else. And they did. The legislature voted to give away its authority, and with it their responsibility and accountability, to the Transportation Commission, which has been working outside of the "accountability zone" for decades. It is wrong to have such a powerful body of unelected individuals making such impactful decisions.
I am confident that any attempt by the Democrat majority to sidestep the will of the people on I-1053 will be met by the fiercest resistence.
Posted by Tim Eyman at December 21, 2010
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I agree that this usurpation should be met with "fierce resistance". Unfortunately I have very little confidence that resistance from the populace will have any real impact. Perhaps I am becoming too cynical, but there is always some loophole that corrupt administrations make or find that lets them do whatever they want. 1053 will be no exception. Either the lawyers, the permanent ruling class of bureaucrats, or the left's lap dog media will find a way to let the dems continue to degrade the economy in their endless drive to buy votes through a dependent population.
Initiative - schinitiative!
Q: What's that reaching into my pocket?
A: The Legislature's Emergency Claws.
3. The populace approves all these initiatives then keeps voting these same scumbags back in time after time. That's what is called fierce resistance in Washington State.
4. And Look at the homes for sale, by desperate sellers, (and not selling I might add)in Island County, if you want to see what Margaret Haugan and her her favorite Obamanomics have brought to the Camano Island real estate market.
5. How about an initiative to have the commission appointments be taken out of the governor's hand and REQUIRE that half the commission be selected by the minority party in the house and the other half appointed by the minority party in the senate? Seems fair to me.
This state has been under Dimocrat control for so long we might as well live in Cuba, given most urban Dimo voters would prefer life under Fidel Castro.
The remainder of the delusional Dims still think they're voting for JFK or FDR.
Eyeman only put this on the ballot. The majority of voters made it law. So you're calling the majority of voters stupid.
(I guess there is an argument for this. After all they did vote back in Grandma Murray.)
You know, Eyeman is a lot like Palin - the more you liberals slime him the more popular and powerful he becomes.
Keep it up.
Last time I checked the state ferry system was owned by the people. That means as shareholders we have every right to demand they operate efficiently and make best use of the money they are given.
Rates are based on what is needed to provide the service they perform. To raise rates they need to provide the representatives of the people justification. Those representatives are the people we elect to the Legislature.
It is not the same as going into a hardware store that is a PRIVATE enterprise. I have a choice as to which hardware store I go into. The state has taken full control of the the ferrys and made it illegal for anyone else to run one. We have no choice.
9. Good Point Vince on above post!This 1053 is certain poetic justice I feel for us being subject to these idiots on the left that I'm sure more than one of us on here did'nt vote or sign on for!! That spend us into a potential poor house with help of unions.Someone has to turn off the spigot!!If both Bonney Lake and Buckley Wa. can stay it is possible for other goverments to do so too!! our state could take a lesson from their playbook as well as several local ones!
10. Never having to travel south of Everett, I think this is a great idea. Soak the liberal morons for every penny.
11. Actually a new report out says the ferry system should go private/public partnership.
12. Oops! sorry for goof both Cities mentioned in # 10 are in the black and within budget unlike our state and some other local goverments.
Thanks to KING 5 in exposing the ferry system's endemic corruption:
November 15, 2010: State's new ferry small, but most expensive ever
November 15, 2010: Commissioner: KING 5 investigation factored into ferry fare hike
November 16, 2010: Ferry system unveils action plan
August 5, 2010: Millions spent on ferry generators that can't be used
July 16, 2010: Ferry employee forced to retire
June 29, 2010: Governor's office accuses KING of distorting interview
June 24, 2010: $10 million spent on extras for group of state employees
June 22, 2010: Governor backs state ferry system leadership
June 17, 2010: Back room deal puts true ferry reform in question
June 8, 2010: Sweet deal in the San Juans for some ferry workers
June 1, 2010:KING 5 Investigation leads to freeze on ferry fare increases
May 24, 2010: Ferry system fails to hold cheating employee accountable
May 12, 2010: Governor and DOT Chief call for reform of ferry system
May 11, 2010: Captains' union votes 'no confidence' in ferry management
May 10, 2010: Warnings of paycheck padding ignored by state ferries
May 05, 2010: Broke ferry system paying huge salaries to fortunate few
April 13, 2010: State missed opportunity to save thousands on perks for ferry workers
April 10, 2010: KING 5 investigation prompts end to multi-million dollar state expense
Mar. 30, 2010: 'Special projects' bring lucrative perks for ferry workers
Mar. 08, 2010: Ferry workers boost pay by driving to work
Does dummo kid really defend this kind of government?
Even King County went for 1053 by 8 points:
I don't see how their representatives can deny enforcing it.
15. The King County Republican party refused to support Pam Roach during the last election.
16. Mary Margaret--the crybaby lady who passes laws with big alligator tears and MY alligator wallet contents! How can spending and wasting someone else's money cause you to cry? maybe because you know the well has a bottom?
17. Figures. The one Republican in this state that seems to be standing up for something and the REPUBLICAN PARTY WANTS TO DESTROY HER!
18. The Republican Party of Washington State is so broken you wonder if it might just be better for true conservatives in Washington State if it just disappears entirely.