Proponents of I-1098 believe the fairest, most efficient way to begin eroding the mushrooming deficit of Washington State is to impose an income tax on individuals earning at least $200,000 per year (or couples with annual income of at least $400,000). Such a tax structure is not unprecedented in other states – most of which have some form of an income tax – and proponents point to the widening gap between the so-called wealthy and those perceived to be part of a dwindling “middle class.”
The star power of the initiative’s author, William Gates, Sr., has been a boon for proponents who use his status as father of the world’s richest person to justify the incorporation of an income tax on all higher income earners across the state of Washington. Proponents of I-1098 also believe business owners on the lower end of the taxable scale will not suffer undue hardship as the national economy begins to strengthen.
Organizations supporting 1098 have produced a relatively large amount of content, including websites, blogs, social media spaces and content, to promote positive messages for the initiative.
See a dozen more videos in support of I-1098 at ‘Yes on 1098′s’ YouTube channel. The organization supporting I-1098 also uses Flickr as a social media library of photos from its events and rallies. See the photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeson1098
The organizations supporting I-1098 have also created a Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/Yeson1098, which has accrued more than 9,000 ‘Likes’ do date (last checked 10/21/10). The page is used to highlight positive media mentions, challenge negative media and messages by the opposition and syndicate content produced by the campaign.
The official ‘Yes on 1098′ Twitter page is at http://twitter.com/yeson1098. The Twitter account is used to publish messages similar to those found on the ‘Yes on 1098′ Facebook page and has 269 followers (last checked on 10/21/10).