Out with the old Tim Eyman idea, in with the new. Yes, it’s that time of year when the professional initiative peddler hatches his latest product. In Washington state, you can count on death, taxes and Eyman ballot measures calling for the death of taxes. Last year, he veered off course in a clumsy, unsuccessful effort to battle traffic congestion. Now he’s back on track: unrealistic spending controls coupled with tax cuts. Though most Eyman initiatives are unwise and impractical, this one suffers from really bad timing, too. Here’s how the “Lower Property Taxes Initiative,” now known as Initiative 1031, would work:
OLYMPIA – Unfazed by voters’ rejection of his last proposal, initiative promoter Tim Eyman on Monday launched the new year with a return to his roots: a sweeping anti-tax measure aimed at state and local governments. “This is the initiative our supporters have been waiting for for 10 years,” he said Monday at the Capitol.
OLYMPIA – It's practically a winter ritual in Olympia: the political dance between state lawmakers and initiative pitchman Tim Eyman. Some lawmakers, annoyed by Eyman's broadsides and anti-tax measures, try to tighten the rules for initiatives. Eyman, at televised hearings, blasts back. The bills quietly die.
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday called on cities, counties and other government entities to resist the temptation to raise 2008 taxes now that a voter-approved property tax limit has been thrown out by the state Supreme Court. She said she'll also ask lawmakers to "thoughtfully reinstate a property tax cap" when the legislative session begins in Olympia in January.