The Green Party of Washington has endorsed 5 statewide measures that will appear on the November ballot.
We endorse a YES vote on the following:
Initiative 735 – This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment stating that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.
Initiative 1433 – This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.
Initiative 1464 – This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.
Initiative 1491 – This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.
Initiative 1501 – This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.