About 150 people showed up Saturday for a two-hour question-and-answer session with Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser and Reps. Sam Hunt and Chris Reykdal at Garfield Elementary School in Olympia.
Many in the crowd delivered the following message: Raise taxes or close tax loopholes to generate money. Don’t cut vital state services. And let voters decide on a tax increase.
“One thing I want to see is some guts from the Legislature. . . . Things have been cut to the bone,” said Michael Kennedy, a senior lecturer in biology at the University of Washington.
He and others urged lawmakers to show courage and push to move a tax proposal to the November ballot.
The three lawmakers said Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 makes it harder to close so-called tax loopholes or to raise taxes.