Print

Informed Voter Guide 2011

It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide!

2011 Initiative Guide Live Stream Event
Monday, November 7 at 8:00PM

Miss the Live broadcast? Hit play below to watch a recording of the November 1 show (begins at 1:15).
Click here to join the discussion and ask questions!

It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide! We cover everything you need to know to make a good decision about I-1125, I-1163, and I-1183, as well as SJR 8205 and SJR 8206.


Download Your Copy Now

Click Here To Download Your Copy

Tune Into Our Facebook Live Stream!


Have Questions? Join our Facebook Live Stream for an interactive discussion about all 5 ballot measures.

Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00pm
Monday, November 7 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 8 at Noon


Click Here To Join

Go here now and click the "Join Crowd" button to set an email reminder



Speaking Tour

Between October 1st and November 8th, our experts are traveling around the state, speaking to groups about the ballot measures. If you'd like to attend one of these presentations, check our Events Page for details.

Below you will find a quick synopsis of each ballot measure. Please download the full guide above if you would like to see a more detailed description.

Initiative Measure 1125—Concerning state expenditures on transportation

    Description
    I-1125 would ensure that revenues collected for transportation purposes are actually spent on transportation and prohibit any transfers to other government accounts.

    Impact
    If passed, the measure would likely prevent, or at least delay, light rail on the I-90 floating bridge and prevent tolls collected on I-90 from being transferred over to help pay for the SR 520 bridge replacement project.

Initiative Measure 1163—Concerning long-term care workers and services for elderly and disabled people

    Description
    In 2008, voters approved Initiative 1029 to provide additional training and require federal background checks for long-term caregivers, but the Legislature had to postpone implementation. I-1163 would reinstate the requirements originally included in I-1029.

    Impact
    If passed, I-1163 would cost $80 million over the next two years. This puts the dirty task of finding funding on a Legislature that may already be facing a $2 billion dollar budget problem in the current 2011-13 budget.

Initiative Measure 1183—Concerning beer, wine, and liquor

    Description
    Initiative 1183 would end a long-standing liquor monopoly in Washington state and allow private parties to sell and distribute liquor.

    Impact
    Two separate analyses of the measure show positive revenue gains to the state and local government if I-1183 is approved by voters in November with most of the increase coming as a result of new distributor and retail license fees.

Senate Joint Resolution 8205—Concerning Election Eligibility

    Description
    If SJR 8205 is approved, an inoperative constitutional provision that requires a residency period of 60 days for voter eligibility will be repealed. The current operative residency period is 30 days.

    Impact
    If passed, SJR 8205 will not change anything in practice; it merely makes the language of our State Constitution internally consistent.

Senate Joint Resolution 8206—Concerning “Rainy Day” Funding

    Description
    A 2007 constitutional amendment requires that at least 1% of general state revenues go into a “Rainy Day” account each year. SJR 8206 would increase the amount of revenue that goes into that account in the best economic times.

    Impact
    If passed, SJR 8206 would restrict the legislature’s ability to spend all of the revenues received in the best economic times and ensure that some of the excess is saved for when it is needed most.
Questions? Comments? Please send an email to info@myFreedomFoundation.org or call our office at 360-956-3482.
Download the IVG District Guide Now! Want to know how much your legislators spent during the 2011 Legislative Session? Click Here to download your copy of our 2011 Informed Voter District Guide.

Author

Lasse Lund

Director of Digital Outreach

Email | Facebook | Twitter | Google+