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I-960 wrap-up…

Next in our series of what-the-heck’s-this-thing-on-the-ballot stories: Tim Eyman’s latest measure, Initiative 960:

After two high-profile failures last year, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is returning to his time-tested formula: beating the drum against taxes.

“There’s no decision they make in Olympia that is more important than taking more of the people’s money,” says Eyman. “Everything pales in comparison, and everything flows from that decision.”

And so: Initiative 960, which Eyman says simply holds state lawmakers accountable. Voters will decide next month if I-960 becomes law.

Eyman’s opponents – who include AARP, environmental groups, unions, the state hospital association and childrens’ advocates – say the proposal would hamstring lawmakers and saddle perplexed voters with dozens of nonbinding votes every November.

“Initiative 960 is a half-baked solution in search of a problem,” said Christian Sinderman, spokesman for No on I-960.


Read the print story here.


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