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Tom Merrill

Tom Merrill photo Tom Merrill is a member of the city's open government committee, which reports recommendations to the city council for communication improvements between citizens and the city. He has also served on the Shoreline Community College Curriculum Advisory Board and as a United Way volunteer.

Merrill is running against Swede Johnson, a retired engineer and former conservative city councilmember. Johnson was called out during his last term in 2008 over an offensive email image he sent to the rest of the council that disparaged Mexican immigrants. Merrill is the best choice in this race. Read more...

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #16

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 16

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A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1597, which included a small excise tax in order to increase environmental protections for regional fish and wildlife. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 16.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #17

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 17

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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. ...
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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. This non-binding advisory vote is required thanks to a Tim Eyman ballot measure. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 17. ...

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #18

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 18

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In addition to the legislation covered by Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share. ...
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In addition to the business taxes covered in Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share.

Like the other advisory votes, this is a non-binding measure required by a Tim Eyman ballot initiative. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 18. ...

Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

Tom Merrill

Tom Merrill photo
Tom Merrill is a member of the city's open government committee, which reports recommendations to the city council for communication improvements between citizens and the city. He has also served on the Shoreline Community College Curriculum Advisory Board and as a United Way volunteer.

Merrill is running against Swede Johnson, a retired engineer and former conservative city councilmember. Johnson was called out during his last term in 2008 over an offensive email image he sent to the rest of the council that disparaged Mexican immigrants. Merrill is the best choice in this race.

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