Tim Eyman says he’s filing a new initiative that, among other things, would limit future tax increases to one year. UPDATE: Monday he wasn’t saying when he’ll file – this year or next. Today, Eyman says he is filing it at 11 a.m. tomorrow, April 24.
The move is in part a reaction to the state Supreme Court throwing out his Initiative 960 which set a two-thirds vote requirement for Legislature-imposed tax increases into law.
Even before losing that case by a solid 6-to-3 margin in court, he’s since been agitating for a constitutional amendment to lock in that higher vote requirement – and his new measure attempts to do that indirectly by harassing lawmakers with non-binding advisory votes until they pass a constitutional amendment.
We’ll have to see the language Eyman ultimately files, but for now here’s what he says in an email announcing his plans:
Here’s what our new initiative does:1) Requires yearly advisory votes every November asking voters whether they support or oppose letting the people vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment;
2) Limits the duration of tax increases — those imposed by the Legislature after January 1, 2013 – to one year; and3) Provides information in the voters’ pamphlet about the governor’s and legislators’ voting records on tax bills – increases imposed after January 1, 2013.
Our new initiative simply creates a new category of advisory votes, requiring an every-November public vote on whether the voters support letting the people vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment (a recent poll shows overwhelming public approval; a whopping 66% of likely voters support voting on it).