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75% of Seattle Voters, The League of Women Voters, Stranger, King County Democrats & SEIU 775 Say Yes on I-91 November 7th!  To help call 206-854-6127 or email



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Citizens for More Important Things 
PO Box 4473
Seattle, WA 98194
The League of Women Voters, the Stranger, the King County Democrats, 43rd and 36th District Democrats and SEIU Local 775, the 38,000 member long term care worker's union, all endorsed Yes on I-91!

The result was a 75% favorable vote on I-91.  Now, certain legislators like State Senator Margarita Prentice say the majority does not matter, they will subsidize pro-sports no matter what the voters say, they will apply taxes to Seattle, that Seattle voted against, to subsidize an arena in Bellevue or Renton.  So our work is not finished.  


Respect for voters starts here, now! 

Yes on I-91 stopped tax subsidies for pro-sports stadiums.  Now, it is up to the legislature to listen to the people.  

Yes on I-91 is about setting priorities, about spending tax dollars on the things that matter most, about the Sonics paying their own way, about the legislature listening to the voters.

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With professional basketball now pitting sports tax boosters against the people's pocketbooks, Citizens for More Important Things is leading another fight for fiscal sanity in stadium funding. The existence of Initiative 91 has already significantly impacted negotiations between the Sonics and the City.  After Initiative 91 passes, there will be no more giveaways, period.

For conservatives, not being able to say no to the extravagance of professional sports means government will never say no to anybody for anything.  Moderates wonder at the gullibility of elected officials when doused with the snake oil of pro-sports as a tool for economic development.  Liberals are angry at a government that chronically underfunds education and social services but has a blank checkbook for rich boys with big toys.

These are difficult battles. They are happening all across America, and most are won by the pro-sports moguls.  At least in Washington State, because of the efforts of thousands of Citizens For More Important Things contributors and volunteers, the moguls have not been able to run roughshod over sane public policy and the taxpayer's pocketbooks.

Citizens for More Important Things has a single agenda--focus on what matters most, on more important things, and leave sports entertainment to the private sector.  We cross partisan boundaries, and bring together normally opposing voices.   We simply question the reasonableness of any government that would subsidize private entities whose average player salaries are in the millions of dollars per year.  Teachers should be so lucky.

The supporters of publicly subsidized sports franchises argue that pro-sports bring people together as communities, to see and enjoy the art of sport.  No doubt.  But there are many things in public life that are great for any city.  At some point, we have to weigh the cost, and set priorities, in light of the fairness of the subsidy to these very well funded private enterprises.  This is what Initiative 91 does.  It makes pro-sports teams pay their own way, and fairly share the cost.

Stadiums and professional sports are powerful symbols.  Voters, the public, sports fans, the media all pay close attention to these debates.  Because the outcome not only changes skylines when sports promoters win, the shadow of the debates falls across public hearings and discussions of public spending for schools, highways, and many other more important things.  The obvious, unanswered question is nagging and simple:  If they can pay for stadiums, why can't they pay for what we need?

Formed in 1995, Citizens for More Important Things has long been a voice of reason in the debate over spending tax money for professional sports subsidies in Washington State. We are thankful to all who have helped us, and who are helping this year.  

Call, email, write.  Send money.  We need your assistance.  Without it, consider your tax dollars will likely be stuffed somewhere, through someone else's golden hoop, and most likely, that professional basketball player will already have earned millions, long before he got to yours.





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