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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well! Exciting news unfolded in the Legislature this week, as three of the six citizen initiatives successfully passed both the House and Senate chambers and are now on their way to becoming law. Initiatives before the Legislature do not require the governor’s approval and signature. I am thrilled to share that I wholeheartedly supported and voted in favor of all three initiatives.

Let me take you on a brief journey through history. Since the adoption of the initiative and referendum process in 1912, 1,728 initiatives have been presented to the Legislature by citizens; however, only 38 have been certified and forwarded to the Legislature, and a mere six have been officially passed. This underscores the significance of the recent passage of these three initiatives – an undeniably historic moment and a genuine triumph for the people of Washington state. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands who signed on the dotted line!

The three initiatives that passed include:

  • Initiative 2113. This important initiative will allow our police officers to use the reasonable suspicion standard to pursue and catch criminals. It passed the House by a vote of 77-20 and the Senate 36-13.
  • Initiative 2081. This initiative will create a Parents’ Bill of Rights that will increase transparency and ensure that public schools must share with parents any records relating to their children and instructional materials used in the classroom. It passed the House by a vote of 82-15 and the Senate 38-11.
  • Initiative 2111. This initiative will prohibit further efforts to impose a state and local personal income tax. With our state’s affordability crisis, this will protect people from any plans from Democrats to impose personal income taxes at any level. It passed the House by a vote of 76-21 and the Senate 49-0.

It’s disappointing that the Democrats declined to take action on the other three initiatives. I encourage you to do your homework on the initiatives that did not pass and will be on the November ballot.

These initiatives include:

  • Initiative 2117 aims to repeal the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) and its cap-and-trade program. This regressive policy has greatly cost struggling families and individuals throughout the 31st District and Washington state. Initiative opponents are providing false information that if the CCA fails, transportation funding for infrastructure and maintenance/preservation of our highway system will halt. This is not true. As an assistant House Transportation Committee ranking member, I know the CCA funding does not go toward roads, bridges, and ferries. You, as taxpayers, already pay for these projects through the state’s gas tax.
  • Initiative 2109 aims to repeal the income tax on capital gains, a step toward a state income tax. Initiative opponents continue to resort to scare tactics, claiming that repealing the capital gains tax will roll back critical investments in our education system and schools. This is not true. Our state has plenty of revenue (our budget has doubled in the last decade). The income tax on capital gains is unnecessary, unpopular, and unstable.
  • Initiative 2124 aims to allow Washington workers to opt out of the mandatory and deeply flawed long-term care insurance program and payroll tax. This is another unfair tax that many of you currently pay and will never see the benefits of. It’s also an inadequate tax as the $36,500 benefit will not go far enough to cover most people’s long-term care needs.

As we wrap up the 2024 legislative session, we’ve navigated through a multitude of both promising and challenging policies. I look forward to offering you a detailed overview of everything in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for a comprehensive rundown!

In your service,

Eric Robertson

State Representative Eric Robertson, 31st Legislative District
465 John L. O’Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7866 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000