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Ballot Issue Summaries

The League of Women Voters of Washington has produced ballot issue summaries for items on the Nov. 8 ballot. Many voters look to our analysis. Find links to summaries here

LWVWA has endorsed support for the following initiatives

I-1433 Initiative Measure No. 1433 concerns labor standards.

This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.


I-1464 Initiative Measure No. 1464 concerns campaign finance laws and lobbyists.

This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allows residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.


I-1491 Initiative Measure No. 1491 concerns court orders temporarily preventing access to firearms.

This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing access to firearms by persons who, because of mental illness or other factors, may harm themselves or others.


LWVWA has voted to neither endorse nor oppose I-732

I-732 Initiative Measure No. 732 concerns taxes.

This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.


The LWVWA Board of Directors considered I-732 with intense deliberation and considered various sides of the issue and positions and recommendations based on the need to reduce carbon emissions, along with the need to consider revenue issues as well as social policy issues. The vote was taken following pro and con presentations, and extensive written and on-line material review. 

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