Your Real Estate Taxes are about to go through the roof if we do not elect the right people! Higher taxes also means higher rents.

Did you know that King County, City of Seattle and certain State Legislators are discussing dissolving the 1 percent cap we have on our property taxes in the upcoming legislative session?

There is only one reason to remove a safety device on taxes………. If that cap is removed, home owners will be descended upon by State, County and City advocates for higher taxes with no limits.

Another attempt will be pushed for capital gain taxes, state income tax and a carbon tax next legislative session.


Does our government really need more of our tax dollars?

Do we have a revenue problem or do we have a spending problem?


Here are some interesting facts to help you decide.

Washington State was admitted into the union in 1889.

From 1889 to the year 2000 (one hundred and eleven years) we slowly crept up our state spending to 45 billion in a biennium budget in the year 2000.

In 2016 (just 16 years later) we have exploded our state spending in a biennium budget now spending 95 billion dollars under Democratic Leadership.

So in the last 16 years, as a state, we have more than doubled 111 years of spending. 45 billion in 2000 to 95 billion in 2016. That’s an increase of 111% in 16 years.


Can we blame it on population growth in the last 16 years? No we cannot. The state population only grew by 17 % since the turn of the century.

I believe we have a serious spending problem. Removing the tax payers safety features on limiting tax increases will cause our already sky high real estate taxes to go through the roof!

We need protection! We need Barry Knowles in the State Legislation protecting our property taxes and defending us against a state income tax, capital gains tax and a carbon tax.

It’s time for new people with new ideas.

Remember: There are only 147 legislators that make the laws for 7 million people to live by. We must choose carefully.

Elect Barry Knowles



Posted on 17 Jul 2016, 10:34 - Category: TAX ISSUES


On January 26th 2016 there was a very important vote taken in the State House of Representatives on Bill HJR 4215.

 This bill was written to place a constitutional amendment on the 2016 voters ballot, implementing the peoples initiative 1366 requiring a 2/3 vote to raise new taxes.

The needed bill was written by Representative Orcutt, because the Democrats had challenged the constitutionality of the initiative 1366 and the Supreme Court agreed, striking it down for technical reasons.

Note the results of the House floor vote:

All 48 Republicans voted in favor, to let the voters decide on the constitutional amendment.

All 50 Democrats voted against, to deny the voters what they have wanted and asked for on 6 different occasions through the initiative process.

 Who led the Democrat floor fight against our citizens? It was 47th District Representative Pat Sullivan.

This is not the first time Pat Sullivan has slapped the faces of the voters in his district.

Initiative 960 was passed a few years ago requiring a 2/3 vote for any new taxes. It passed with a 72 percent vote in Representative Sullivan’s district.

The Democrats attempted to have the initiative 960 overruled by the Supreme Court but the court took too long to rule on the lawsuit. The House Democrats led by Pat Sullivan suspended this peoples initiative long enough to shove nearly 7 billion dollars of new taxes over a ten year period up the tax payers….. Wallets.

The Democrat constant wolf cry that the state needs revenue is simply that….. a cry.

The truth is in the year 1999-2000 Biennium state budget was approximately 45 billion dollars

Today’s 2015-2016 Biennium state budget is approximately 84 billion dollars.

It took our state 110 years of existence to work its way up to 45 billion in spending but in the last 15 years the Democrat controlled state increased spending 39 billion….. Nearly doubling spending.

You cannot blame the out of control spending on population growth because the population in 2000 was approximately 5.8 million and today it’s around 7 million.

That’s an increase in population of 17 percent but an increase in spending of 86 percent.

Just how long can Democrats continue to poke the citizens of this state in the eye and continue to demand more taxes?

It is time to elect someone that represents what the people want instead of special interest groups and lobbyists.

It’s time to ELECT BARRY KNOWLES as our next State Representative and have a real voice that represents us in Olympia.

Please pass this along to anyone eligible to vote in the Kent, Covington, and Black Diamond and Auburn area

Posted on 6 Mar 2016, 15:48 - Category: TAX ISSUES

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