What I-1098 Means for Education

Washington state has a strong history of both excellence and forward-thinking in education. We balance consistently strong scores and inspiring programs to provide our youth with the best possible opportunities. But what outlook do we have for the future of education in Washington?

Initiative 1098, up for vote in November, earmarks roughly $200 million for an education fund. This endowment would be a welcome investment if spent carefully and properly. However, there is growing concern that the account could be compromised and end up with its resources reallocated to different projects.

In recent years, the state has swept extensive funding away from accounts dedicated to education. Furthermore, the initiative itself details no particular programs that the fund will finance. This casts doubt on how effectively the fund will actually be spent—even if it remains devoted to education.

The Initiative also promises to create a state income tax that would be the highest tax increase in Washington’s history. The tax would target many of the middle to upper class families and individuals who generously donate to charities within the state, providing no deduction options. Although the state needs to collect certain revenues for its operations, the tax would decrease donations to these important causes.

Our family has been a group of community leaders and volunteers in Washington for decades. As part of our commitment to Washington’s excellence, in the last 12 years we have expanded our involvement by funding education. Please take time to review the following articles and learn about the initiative’s implications. Informed voters are integral to our state’s greatness.

Kim Ackerley Cleworth
President & Executive Director, Ackerley Foundation

Former Washington governor, Dan Evans, praises our state’s bold commitment to progress while explaining why I-1098 is “not real reform.” Read Entire Article

The Wall Street Journal details the economic factors at work in adding an income tax to an already tax-heavy state. Generally, higher income taxes discourage investment and reduce business activity. Read Entire Article