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Let’s Go Washington wishes to thank all the wonderful volunteers who sacrificed time and energy to gather and process signatures for the 11 proposed initiatives. Despite our best efforts around the state, we fell short of obtaining the signatures needed to qualify.

During this historic effort (no one has ever attempted 11 initiatives at the same time, as far as we are aware), we met so many great patriots who want to “fix what is broken” in Washington State.

We learned a lot and will use this experience to figure out how to better move forward. We are disappointed but not disheartened. We gathered more signatures than any other effort in our nation.

As we move forward into 2023, we will be analyzing our efforts and determining our next steps. Stay tuned to future campaigns for Let’s Go Washington!

Thank you,

Brian K. Heywood

11 Initiatives Statement

Why the 11 Initiatives didn’t qualify. This time.
As of the recent signature-gathering deadline, none of the 11 initiatives in Let’s Go Washington’s project to fix what’s broken in this state had collected enough signatures to proceed.

Why did our project fall short? Here are my key takeaways:

1) Although the initiative process was set up to be a tool for grassroots action, it has—in recent years—been dominated by deep-pocketed special interests, increasingly expensive consultants, and paid signature gatherers. In 2022, initiative efforts from all points on the political spectrum failed because consultants were demanding $4 million to $8 million (per initiative!) to collect the necessary signatures. Let’s Go Washington ( was founded on the idea that building a grassroots volunteer network and weening the process from an overreliance on consultants is a worthwhile pursuit. However, this takes time—more than we first thought. I’m proud of the incredible effort made by those who volunteered in this first wave. We will continue to build on that.

2) We live in a digital world, but in Washington initiative petitions only count if they are in hard copy. We also live in a privacy-focused world. Asking hundreds of thousands of people to hand over their signature and address on a piece of paper to a stranger is difficult. With nearly all of our political discourse happening online via social media, there’s a mismatch with how we collect signatures. We’re still qualifying initiatives like we did when we were renting VHS tapes from Blockbuster. Add to this the frustration many people feel because WA courts have overturned popular initiatives like the $30 car-tab limit, and we get a system that needs major reform in order to restore people’s faith. During our signature gathering effort, we experimented with ways to reach people online and encourage them to go out and physically sign the initiatives. We obviously still have a lot of work to do here.

3) The Olympia establishment, regardless of party, is happy to see the initiative process struggle. Washington’s initiative system was designed as a “safety valve” for when the legislature passes laws opposed by the majority of voters. Lately, the legislature has shown itself willing to ignore the people—repeatedly. Preventing police from pursuing criminals, decriminalizing hard drugs (like heroin and fentanyl), and passing a never-ending stream of new state taxes are all unpopular. And even unconstitutional. Let’s Go Washington proposed common-sense fixes to 11 of these bad policies. It’s not surprising that the Olympia majorities dismissed our efforts. Those bad policies are their fault. It was somewhat surprising, however, that even on the minority side, we found less than enthusiastic support and even dismissal. Stronger coalitions with a broader group of citizens and support from leaders seems like a critical element to future success.

So what needs to be done? I’m still chewing on how to improve our efforts next time. We began the process of developing a grassroots infrastructure that can make a real difference. It will continue to grow and develop. The initiative process remains a crucial element of democracy and government, even though the political establishment dismisses it and the consultant class squeezes it for profit.
Properly organized initiatives can ensure that the laws we live under are aligned with the people’s will. Whatever the next steps involve, I am committed to making that good reform happen.

Brian K. Heywood

The Let's Go Washington 2022 Statewide Initiatives Project

Glenn Morgan of  We The Governed, recently interviewed the founder and primary sponsor of the Let’s Go Washington Initiatives Project, Brian Heywood. Hear some great insight on why you should support these initiatives and help make some common sense changes in Washington state.

The Initiatives



Don't Let The Bad Guys Get Away

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would reduce certain restrictions on when peace officers may conduct vehicular pursuits. Such pursuits would be allowed when there is reasonable suspicion a person has violated certain laws, pursuit is necessary to identify or apprehend the person, the person poses a public safety risk, the safety risks of failing to apprehend or identify the person are greater than those of the pursuit, and pursuit is authorized by or reported to a supervisor.

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There Is Nothing Compassionate About Overdose Deaths

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would change the classification of the crime of knowing possession of a controlled substance from a misdemeanor to a class C felony, punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. It would also remove the legislative encouragement for prosecutors to divert such cases for assessment, treatment, or other services.

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Prosecute Criminals Not Law Abiding Citizens

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would make certain existing state restrictions on possession, use, manufacture, distribution, sale, or purchase of firearms apply only to “felony firearm offenders” and those convicted of a “serious offense,” as defined in RCW 9.41.010. The affected restrictions or prohibitions are related to carrying a concealed pistol without a license, underage possession of pistols or semiautomatic assault rifles, other dangerous weapons such as certain knives, unsafe firearms storage, firearm security, and large capacity magazines.

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Keep More Of Your Own Money

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would reduce the state retail sales and use tax rates from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent. It would state that the 10-year expiration and performance statement requirements for new tax preferences do not apply to this rate reduction.

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Save Money When You Fill Up

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would reduce the fuel licensee tax rate by 24.7 cents per gallon. State law imposes the fuel licensee tax in circumstances including when, under certain conditions, fuel enters the state or is removed from in-state terminals and refineries. The measure also directs the Department of Revenue to consult with the State Treasurer and Office of Financial Management and provide draft legislation to address any unintended consequences from the measure by October 15, 2023.

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Make Home Ownership More Affordable For Everyone

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would exempt $250,000 of valuation for each real property parcel from state property taxes levied for support of common schools in 2024. Beginning in 2025, the exemption would increase by the percentage growth in the prior year’s state tax levy. The exemption could not result in a tax reduction exceeding the tax otherwise levied. The levy would be reduced as necessary to prevent a state tax rate exceeding the rate without the exemption.

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There Is No Greed Worse Than Government Greed

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would prohibit the state, counties, cities, and port districts from imposing or collecting taxes it describes as “based on an individual’s personal income,” construed broadly. The prohibition applies to taxes imposed on taxpayers or on taxpayers’ employers and whether called income, payroll, or excise taxes. It would repeal a tax imposed on the sale or exchange of certain long-term capital assets by individuals who have annual capital gains of over $250,000, with exemptions.

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Emergency Powers Shouldn't Last Forever

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would modify limitations on governor emergency proclamations, allowing them to cover only one county and only facts/circumstances not in existing law; limit such proclamations, related orders, and agency emergency rules to 30 days unless legislatively-extended; allow for legislative modification after 30 days; require judicial review to occur in the county subject to the proclamation and receive first priority; and reclassify the crime of violating emergency orders from a gross misdemeanor to a misdemeanor.

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Our Kids Education Should Not Be Secret

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would require public education providers to make available online, within one week of first use, publicly-available materials and activities used for student instruction or staff training, descriptions of nonpublic materials, and certain information regarding staff training requirements, funding sources, and expenditures. If a copyright holder objects, education providers must request permission to post the materials, display the request and response online, and permit public inspection and, if legally allowed, copying of materials.

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Make Washington State's Vote For President Matter

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would change the State’s method for selecting presidential electors. There would be one elector for each congressional district and two electors for the state, selected by the political party for the presidential and vice presidential candidates who received the most number of votes in the district or state, respectively. Washington would withdraw from an interstate compact in which joining states agree to select electors based on the national popular vote, upon certain conditions.

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Bipartisan Review Of Election Results

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would require that, prior to a general election’s certification, a company oversee a hand-count audit conducted by county officials of ballots in at least three races in twelve precincts per county. The company, races, and precincts would be selected through processes involving the major political parties. Public and party observers of the audit would be permitted to examine certain ballots. The company would report findings and recommendations to the legislature by December 31st.

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