Tim Eyman confidently declared victory this morning in his bid to qualify a "Taxpayer Protection Initiative" for the November ballot.
In his customary intimate note "to all media outlets," Washington’s prolific professional initiative promoter said he and supporters turned in 313,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state.
That’s nearly 100,000 more than Initative 960 needs to qualify. Eyman’s initiative to reduce car tab fees failed to qualify last year because too many signatures were invalid. But his cushion then was only 42,000 votes above the qualifying requirement; the much bigger cushion this time makes it likely I-960 will qualify.
Whether I-960 makes the ballot may depend, however, on the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the measure’s constitutionality. Here’s a prediction: Eyman will still collect his "commission" even if the court case goes against him.