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Tag: I-1125


Political Smell Test: What I-1125 means for politicians, experts and bureaucrats

WHAT THE CAMPAIGNS SAY: An ad targeting Tim Eyman‘s toll initiative says it would transfer power to politicians.

An Eastern Washington farmer tells viewers:

Tolls in Washington State are set by an independent commission made up of experts, but if Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1125 passes, it transfers that power to politicians in Olympia, making Washington the only state in the country to give them that authority. And 1125 increases bonding costs of road projects by up to 18 percent, meaning higher tolls and higher gas taxes. So more costs for us, and more power for them.

Eyman’s side hasn’t been

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Microsoft doubles anti-1125 campaign’s haul

The campaign to defeat Tim Eyman’s toll initiative has started airing TV ads, and a  new gift from Microsoft should help it keep up the spending.

The tech company gave $600,000 last week, half of the campaign’s total so far.

Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman has bankrolled the Initiative 1125 campaign, which has raised more than opponents but spent most of it on signature gathering. Opponents have reported spending only a fraction of their contributions.

The P-I’s Joel Connelly has details of fundraising in the race. He notes that Microsoft has plenty of employees who commute across the Route 520

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