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County voice is heard throughout state

The results are in and Yakima County's voice seems to share a great deal in common with the rest of the state.

There were six initiatives on the table during this year's election and Yakima voters, as well as the rest of the state, shot down four of them.

Those rejected were Initiatives 1082 that would allow employers to purchase private industrial insurance; Initiative 1096 that provided authorization to establish a state income tax; and Initiatives 1100 and 1105 that would have closed state liquor stores and moved the sale of hard alcohol to private outlets.

Voters also rejected Referendum Bill No. 52 which would have permitted bonds to help finance construction and repair projects to increase energy efficiency at public schools, colleges and universities.

Meanwhile, Yakima County and Washington state approved Initiative 1053, which requires a two-thirds legislative vote to raise taxes or fees, and Initiative 1107, which will end sales tax on candy, carbonated drinks, certain food processors and some bottled water.

"The people are saying, 'Government, you need to do a better job of managing your money,'" State Representative David Taylor said of the defeat of the income tax and the approval of the two-third majority votes in legislature to raise taxes or fees and the repeal of the candy and bottled water tax.

Senate Joint Resolution No. 8225 and Engrossed Substitute House Joint Resolution No. 4220 were also approved by Washington voters.

According to the Washington Secretary of State website, Resolution 8225 changes the definition of the word "interest" in the state constitution and has the state calculate debt limit "by using the net interest paid...rather than the current full interest amount paid."

Resolution 4220, meanwhile, approved a constitutional amendment for denying bail to persons charged with certain violent criminal offenses. This resolution was a response to the murders of four Lakewood police officers last November.

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