China. It’s the most populous nation on earth. Just how many people live in China? Well, in July 2008 the estimate was 1.3 billion people. Holy crap. Now imagine, just for a moment, that every single person in China had one (just one!) dollar that would have otherwise gone to paying for the services you rely on here in Washington – like education, transportation, environmental protection, etc. That’s a lot of money not paying for fire trucks and police, right? Well get this – I-1033 would be even worse! If it passes, Tim Eyman’s I-1033 will remove $1.5 billion from public services.
And for the record, we’ve got nothing against China, it’s just such a convenient population comparison!