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February 11, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Cost of initiatives: Voters don’t have all the information

Requiring initiatives to include fiscal impact information is a sensible and long-overdue step for our democracy in Washington state [“Bill would require ballots to note initiatives’ fiscal impact,” Local News, Jan. 9].

We voters love to support both lower taxes and expanded services, such as smaller class sizes. Who wouldn’t? But we aren’t the ones who have to make the numbers add up for a balanced budget, which often means lawmakers ultimately have to cut other programs, which voters didn’t choose.

Washington voters are smart, but we need all the information so we can carefully consider the trade-offs of expanded programs or reduced taxes. This bill is a great first step.

Melanie Mayock, Seattle

Comments | More in Election | Topics: election, initiatives, Legislature

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