ballot initiatives http://www.kplu.org en Tim Eyman’s Initiative on Initiatives Sparks Pushback http://www.kplu.org/post/tim-eyman-s-initiative-initiatives-sparks-pushback <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the years, Washington lawmakers have pondered ways to rein in the state&rsquo;s initiative process. Now comes a ballot measure designed to make it easier to qualify for the ballot. Retailers and grocers are waving the &ldquo;no&rdquo; signs. But it&rsquo;s Washington voters who will decide this initiative on initiatives next month.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10509 at http://www.kplu.org Tim Eyman’s Initiative on Initiatives Sparks Pushback I-522 Supporters for GE Labels Outraising Opponents 4 to 1 http://www.kplu.org/post/i-522-supporters-ge-labels-outraising-opponents-4-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington voters will decide this fall whether foods that contain genetically-engineered ingredients must carry a special label.</span></p><p>Initiative 522 is similar to a California measure that failed last fall.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But so far, the race for political contributions is shaping up quite differently.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:17:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9675 at http://www.kplu.org I-522 Supporters for GE Labels Outraising Opponents 4 to 1 Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-challenges-seatac-minimum-wage-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alaska Air Group is trying to quash a ballot initiative in the city of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that would hike wages for airport ground crew and other workers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The initiative would set a $15 per-hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac—people at the airport like baggage handlers and folks who push wheelchairs, as well as hotel workers and employees at rental car companies.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:26:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 9343 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Sea-Tac workers aim for pay raise with ballot initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/sea-tac-workers-aim-pay-raise-ballot-initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Airport are trying to get a big pay raise by way of a ballot initiative. If approved, the increase would put them 60 percent over the state’s minimum wage of $9.19 per hour.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8813 at http://www.kplu.org Sea-Tac workers aim for pay raise with ballot initiative Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-tosses-out-supermajority-tax-vote-requirement <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022813AJ_SuperMajority_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Democrats say it’s a victory for democracy. Republicans call it a defeat for taxpayers. In a major decision Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court tossed out the state’s two-thirds </span>supermajority<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> requirement for raising taxes. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:05:26 +0000 Colin Fogarty 7878 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement Living Voters Guide – Just the facts http://www.kplu.org/post/living-voters-guide-just-facts <p>With ballots and voters’ guides in-hand, it’s time to narrow in on the issues. For those who prefer an interactive way to exchange opinions on the ballot measures, there’s the <a href="https://wash.livingvotersguide.org/">Living Voters Guide</a>, sponsored by Seattle CityClub and the University of Washington.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:08:59 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6851 at http://www.kplu.org Living Voters Guide – Just the facts State poll: Liquor initiative passing; road toll too close to call http://www.kplu.org/post/state-poll-liquor-initiative-passing-road-toll-too-close-call <p>Statewide initiatives on the Washington ballot have many people here still studying up and wondering how to vote. Registered voters have about a week left to make up their minds. Two of the most talked about issues are whether to <a href="http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/PreviousElections/2011/general/Pages/OVG_20111108.aspx?ElectionID=42&amp;sorttype=Measures#ososTop">get rid of state-run liquor stores</a> and on <a href="http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/PreviousElections/2011/general/Pages/OVG_20111108.aspx?ElectionID=42&amp;sorttype=Measures#ososTop">how highway tolls can be spent</a>. A&nbsp;survey of voters, done by researchers at the University of Washington, offers some insight into what voters might decide after all the votes are tallied.</p><p>The statewide <a href="http://www.washingtonpoll.org/results/103111.pdf"><strong>Washington Poll</strong></a>, put together by UW political science Professor Matt Barreto, says the liquor privatization measure, I-1183, will likely pass because it has the hit the crucial tipping point of 50 percent. Barreto&#39;s poll says only 43 percent of those surveyed opposed the measure.</p><p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:30:40 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3052 at http://www.kplu.org Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor http://www.kplu.org/post/costco-burns-record-22-million-privatize-liquor <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The fight to privatize liquor sales in Washington just got a lot more expensive. Costco has dumped another $9 million into the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign.</p><p>That brings the wholesale giant&rsquo;s total spending to more than $22 million &ndash; a state record for a ballot measure.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:13:26 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2950 at http://www.kplu.org Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor Bellevue developer backs I-1125, wants to reengineer state roads http://www.kplu.org/post/bellevue-developer-backs-i-1125-wants-reengineer-state-roads <p>BELLEVUE, Wash. &ndash; Usually, high dollar political contributors let their money do the talking. They write big checks to campaigns, but otherwise stay behind the scenes. Not so with Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman. He&rsquo;s become the money and the mouth behind Tim Eyman&rsquo;s latest initiative &ndash; to limit highway tolling.</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:24:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2878 at http://www.kplu.org Bellevue developer backs I-1125, wants to reengineer state roads Seattle asking voters to approve a $60 car tab fee http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-asking-voters-approve-60-car-tab-fee <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982167.mp3</p><p>Seattle voters will face a proposed car tab fee on the November ballot. The city council has unanimously agreed to ask for an additional $60 annually for the next 10 years to help pay for road and transit projects.&nbsp;</p><p>The news comes just a day after the King County Council added a temporary $20 car tab fee to maintain bus service.</p><p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:56:11 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2332 at http://www.kplu.org Deal suspends chicken cage ballot measures http://www.kplu.org/post/deal-suspends-chicken-cage-ballot-measures <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976742.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976742.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - Animal welfare groups in Oregon and Washington are shelving initiative petition drives that could have required egg producers to give hens more spacious cages.</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:40:33 +0000 Tom Banse 2045 at http://www.kplu.org