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June 22, 2010 at 9:48 AM

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November ballot already looking crowded

Posted by Andrew Garber


Three statewide initiative campaigns are already indicating they'll have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Initiative sponsors need the signatures of at least 241,000 registered voters by July 2. The Secretary of State's office recommends turning in at least 300,000 to allow for duplicate or invalid signatures.

Initiative 1100, the Costco-backed measure that would take the state out of the liquor-store business, has told the Secretary of State's office that it plans to turn in more than 340,000 signatures on Wednesday.

Initiative 1082, which would allow private workers' comp insurance to compete with the state government system, has told the state it will turn in more than 300,000 signatures on July 2. The measure is backed by the Building Industry Association of Washington.

And Initiative 1077 1098 sponsors say they plan to turn in more than 300,000 signatures by July 1. I-1098 would would tax couples with adjusted gross incomes greater than $400,000 annually, or incomes of more than $200,000 for individuals. It also would cut the state property tax by 20 percent and increase the business-and-occupation tax credit to $4,800.

Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for the 1098 campaign, said they were just short of 300,000 signatures now, but would soon go past that number.

UPDATE

The Secretary of State's office says the I-1107 campaign told them it also will turn in signatures on July 2. The measure would repeal recent tax increases approved by the state Legislature on soda, candy and certain processed foods. The campaign is predicting it will turn in around 340,000 signatures.

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