Somewhere along the line, the state initiative process has become woefully distorted. What used to be ideas and proposals by and for Washington state residents has become the target of out-of-state billionaires.
Disgustingly enough, that big out-of-state money is buying initiatives that are not necessarily in your interests. And of course there’s also in-state billionaire money to assist a like agenda.
Two questions come to mind here. Why is an out-of-state billionaire sponsoring a particular initiative? Secondly, why is it permissible for any person(s) or entity(ies) to contribute untold amounts of money, much less out-of-state money, to get an initiative passed?
What used to be an avenue by and for the people of this state has now become the property of out-of-state funding. The proposed I-1639 is just such an initiative. Carefully crafted language that hides the vicious and outrageous scope of I-1639 is alarming.
As there’s no way to cover the entire context in this letter, I would ask that everyone read I-1639 and understand the content before believing what you may be told by those paid signature gathers and the misleading ballot title and synopsis.
Dan Deckert, Benton City