Voters Deserve A Choice Initiative"
Improves Transportation Without a Tax Increase
NEWS RELEASE, 8/8/02
For immediate Release Thursday, August 8th, 2002 Press contact: Tim
Permanent Offense refiles transportation initiative
"Transportation Choices Initiative" becomes "Voters Deserve A Choice
Mukilteo, WA Permanent Offense refiled their transportation initiative
today, giving it a new name: "Voters Deserve A Choice Initiative."
Their initiative improves transportation without a tax increase and
provides voters with an alternative to Referendum 51, the politicians'
massive transportation tax increase on the November ballot.
Tim Eyman, lead spokesman for "Voters Deserve A Choice Initiative,"
released the following statement:
"We wanted to provide voters with a choice when it came to
transportation, so we naturally came up with the name 'Transportation
Choices Initiative.' But apparently, our opponents got their underwear
in a bunch over it so we've decided to change its name. After all, a
rose by any other name is just as sweet. We passionately believe in the
policies of our new transportation initiative and 70% of likely voters
support them also: vehicle taxes spent for roads, transportation
performance audits, and opening carpool lanes during off-peak hours.
What we call our transportation initiative is not worth spending
$100,000 in legal expenses fighting in federal court. Our opponents can
have their name, we'll win by concentrating on the ideas contained in
our transportation initiative and focusing our efforts on getting the
necessary 200,000 sigs by the end of December."
"By the way, since our opponents' whining necessitated a refile, we
managed to fine-tune the language of our new initiative to include
vehicle 'use taxes' (vehicles purchased outside the state but registered
here) which allows the total dollars to be spent on road construction
and maintenance to now be $760 million per year. Our previous
initiative only included 'sales taxes' (vehicles purchased in-state)
which totaled $630 million per year. In other words, our opponents'
insistence on a name change has resulted in an additional $130 million
per year being spent on road construction and maintenance by our new
"We also checked with the trademark office. It turns out U.S.
trademarks only apply to organizations that are engaged in commerce and
trade (15 U.S.C. 1125) and that sell, manufacture or provide a service
for a fee. Our opponents are a political action committee and their own
website says they provide free political information. They are not
engaged in commerce, but they claimed they were in their Federal
Trademark Application under Serial No. 78/150348. We will be seeking a
dismissal of their complaint on the grounds that they are not entitled
to a federal trademark and filed false information in their
"Voters deserve a choice. Our new initiative gives voters a common
sense alternative to Referendum 51, the politicians' massive
transportation tax increase on the November ballot. Compared to R-51,
"Voters Deserve A Choice Initiative" generates twice the tax revenue, no
debt, long-overdue accountability, and better utilization of existing
road capacity all without a tax increase. Polling shows that 70% of
likely voters support it. Our new initiative improves transportation
without a tax increase. I-266 will:
· Improve transportation by requiring existing vehicle sales and use
taxes be spent on road construction and maintenance. Over the years,
several bills have been introduced in the Legislature to accomplish this
common sense policy change. Our new initiative gives voters the choice.
· Improve transportation by removing the handcuffs on our state auditor
so he can do the job he's elected to do: conduct independent,
comprehensive performance audits on state and local transportation
agencies and programs. State Auditor Brian Sonntag has been pursuing
this goal for years but has been blocked by the Legislature and the
Governor. Our new initiative gives voters the choice.
· Improve transportation by opening carpool lanes to all during off-peak
hours. Over the years, several bills have been introduced in the
Legislature to accomplish this common sense policy change. Our new
initiative gives voters the choice.
"Voters Deserve A Choice Initiative" is an Initiative to the Legislature
and is required to submit 197,734 valid signatures by the end of
December. Over the past 5 years, we have sponsored 6 initiatives
(I-691, I-695, I-722, I-745, I-747, & I-776). Of those 6, we've managed
to get enough signatures to qualify 5 initiatives for the ballot (I-695,
I-722, I-745, I-747, & I-776) thanks to our thousands of supporters.
Voters Deserve A Choice Initiative · PO Box 48271 · Spokane · WA · 99228
Ph: 425-493-8707 · FAX: 509-467-4323 · www.permanent-offense.org ·
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