Taxpayers fight back

Evergreen Freedom Foundation
A Non-Profit Public Policy Research Organization
PO Box 552, Olympia, WA 98507
(360) 956-3482,


April 8, 2003

Contact: Jason Mercier, Budget Research Analyst
(360) 956-3482

OLYMPIA Concerned taxpayers have joined forces to run a large, full-color newspaper ad that will appear in The Olympian tomorrow.

The ad, which implores House representatives to follow the lead of Governor Locke and the recently passed Senate budget balanced without new taxes, is the second joint effort between The Mike Siegel Show on Seattle's KTTH 770 AM and the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF). The previous performance audit ad, which ran on April 2 in The Olympian, resulted in numerous contacts from concerned legislators regarding their performance audit bills. In the follow-up ad, Siegel and EFF highlight that state revenue is already increasing and that lawmakers would exacerbate the plight of Washington families and businesses by increasing tax rates during these difficult economic times.

The new ad is captioned: "Shortage in Olympia? Not in money." Text below the caption continues, "You've probably heard about the catastrophic $2.6 billion deficit facing Olympia. What you probably haven't heard is that it doesn't exist."

Recent media stories have noted that revenue for 2003-05 is actually increasing by $1.3 billion. This is the exact message taxpayers are trying to send to the legislature: that a deficit only occurs if lawmakers choose to spend more than forecasted revenue.

"Tax increases during a recession backfire: overall tax revenue rarely increases as lawmakers had hoped," said Bob Williams, President of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. "Lawmakers should also remember that both parties have been swept from office following recessionary tax increases. The 1993 tax increases also gifted' lawmakers with Initiative 601, imposed by angry taxpayers in 1994."

"Speaker Chopp may be able to avoid a repeat if he moves forward with one of the two no-tax-increase budgets before him (the Governor s or the Senate s). He shouldn t continue to hold the taxpayers hostage to big-spending self-interest groups," warned Williams.

The newspaper ad can be viewed on the Foundation s website at:


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