Fresh off the victory of tax-limiting Initiative 1053 in November’s election and a favorable legal ruling that it will apply to ferry fares and bridge tolls, professional initiative monger Tim Eyman called a press conference Wednesday to celebrate his gains in 2010 and look forward to 2011. He also celebrated his 45th birthday by cutting a cake decorated with a bar chart of ever-growing state budgets. (State employees – if you forgot like we did there’s still time to drop by the Walgreen’s to pick up something nice.)
Dueling commentary on Eyman:
Paul Jacob/TownHall.com: America’s No. 1 freedom fighter
Eyman’s success is a testament to his smarts, his tenacity and his hard work. It also testifies to the ballot initiative process, whereby citizens can reform government and change the law by taking an issue to the ballot box for a decision by their fellow citizens.
Danny Westneat/Seattle Times: Eyman’s star rising at a cost
I get that people are mad at government. But do we really want to sink our signature ferry system? Yes, it wastes money sometimes. What big organization doesn’t? It got its start, after all, when the private company that used to ply Puget Sound in the 1940s tried to force through usurious 30-percent fare hikes by withholding service.