NPI's recommendations for 2013 Washington State ballot measures
Initiative 517: NO
NPI recommends a NO vote on Initiative 517, Tim Eyman's latest and most self-serving scheme yet. Eyman and his associates wrote I-517 to make signature drives cheaper and easier so they can double their output and increase their profits. NPI is proud to be part of the diverse, bipartisan coalition to defeat I-517. Read the voter's pamphlet statement principally authored by NPI's Andrew Villeneuve and also signed by conservatives like Rob McKenna at NO on I-517's website.
Initiative 522: YES
NPI recommends a YES vote on Initiative 522, which would require groceries sold in Washington State to carry a label if they contain any genetically modified ingredients. Big agricultural firms like Monsanto and DuPont are dumping millions of dollars into the campaign against I-522 because they don't want you to have the right to know what is in the food you're buying. Read why I-522 is worthy of your support at the Yes on 522 website.
Advisory Votes 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
Vote MAINTAINED. The five advisory votes you'll be seeing on your ballot later this month are brought to you by Tim Eyman's I-960. Each advisory vote measure concerns an increase in revenue that was already approved by the Washington State Legislature as part of the budget. These "advisory votes" are nonbinding, but they're appearing on our ballots because the Supreme Court didn't fully strike down Tim Eyman's I-960 back in the spring. (They ducked the question of whether the advisory votes are constitutional). Vote Maintain to send the message you support the revenue the Legislature raised or recovered. Go here for an explanation of how the advisory votes are a waste of your tax dollars.
NPI's recommendations for 2013 local ballot measures
We also urge you to support your local levies, like King County's Medic One levy, which is up for renewal. King County has been called the safest place in the country to have a heart attack, and it's because we invest our tax dollars into a fantastic emergency response system.
If you live in Seattle, we urge you to support Proposition 1 (public campaign financing) and Charter Amendment 19 (Seattle Districts Now). If you live in the City of SeaTac, please vote yes on the Good Jobs initiative (Proposition 1).