“Shall Spokane Municipal Code be amended to make it a Class 1 Civil infraction for any person or entity to allow a rail car that it owns to ship uncontained coal and some types of oil by rail through downtown Spokane core, or within 2,000 feet of a school, hospital, or the Spokane river?
Mark NO! for these reasons found at ProtectSpokanesEconomy.com:
- “Prop 2” would effectively ban the transportation of fossil fuels through Spokane, jeopardizing thousands of jobs, the city’s tax base, and its thriving business climate.
- It has been deemed illegal and unenforceable by the city’s own legal advisors. Prop 2 puts Spokane taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in subsequent lawsuits and enforcement expenses, all of which would drain precious resources that could be better spent hiring new public safety personnel, investing in community parks, and repairing aging roads and critical infrastructure.
- The Committee to Protect Spokane’s Economy, a political action committee formed to oppose Prop 2, represents a diverse cross-section of local labor, agriculture, business and trade groups who believe Spokane’s rail lines are an integral part of our local, regional, and state economy.
Advisory Vote No.16 Increases revenue to the state wildlife account by increasing commercial fishing license fees and streamlining wholesale fish dealing, buying, and selling requirements.
Increasing tax burdens on commercial fishing businesses does not support this important Washington state industry.
Advisory Vote No.17 Expanded the business and occupation tax and narrows certain tax exemptions.
Increasing the Business and Occupation taxes on small businesses will drive potential living wage jobs out of state.
Advisory Vote No. 18 An additional state property tax for schools is imposed to equalize levys for schools in order to raise the wages of certified and classified staff and satisfy provisions of the McCleary decision.
Equalizing the statewide property tax burden for school funding is an appropriate source of revenue for education. However, using that revenue to increase teacher salaries without assurance that the quality of education will improve is not appropriate.