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UPDATE 2: Eyman says his new initiative limits tax hikes to one year; also requires advisory votes

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 22, 2013 at 10:44 am | No Comments »
April 23, 2013 2:23 pm
Tim Eyman after Supreme Court ruling in March
Tim Eyman after Supreme Court ruling in March

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; and
3)     Provides information in the voters’ pamphlet about the governor’s and legislators’ voting records on tax bills – increases imposed after January 1, 2013.
Here’s what he says about requiring advisory votes each November on all tax increases imposed that year by lawmakers:
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).
Updated first to clarify that Eyman wasn’t saying when he’d file and secondly that he announced this morning he is filing at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.
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