Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures

Jul 1, 2014

This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloading boxes of petitions for a ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

How does this sound: a kindergarten class with a maximum of 17 students? That’s just one element of a teacher’s union-backed initiative to reduce Washington K-12 class sizes over four years. That’s in line with recommendations from the state’s Quality Education Council. But the proposed measure doesn’t come with a funding mechanism to hire the additional teachers and staff that would be needed.

Another initiative that plans to submit petitions this week is a non-binding message to Congress. It seeks a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and other recent Supreme Court rulings on campaign finance.

Meanwhile, dueling gun measures on background checks are already guaranteed a spot on Washington’s fall ballot.

One ballot measure wildcard in Washington: will professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman succeed in getting his latest anti-tax measure on the ballot?

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