Statement from Republican leaders on certification of Initiative 2111 (prohibiting state and local personal income taxes)

House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, and Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, released the following statement in response to the certification of Initiative 2111, which would prohibit state and local personal income taxes. Voters have overwhelmingly rejected an income tax 11 times, including once in an advisory vote.

“Our state has an affordability crisis. The last thing Washingtonians need is a new income tax. The people of our state have also rejected an income tax at the ballot box 11 times. Honor the will of voters. Listen to the people. This initiative is popular, provides clear assurances for the future, and is good for individuals and families. Republicans fully support it.

“Our state constitution states that initiatives should be a top priority, higher than anything else but the budget. Majority Democrats should give this initiative, and all others before the Legislature this year, a hearing. It’s our constitutional duty.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications