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Court rejects challenge to anti-tax measure

OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into the middle of a family fight, Washington’s highest court on Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure.

Our View: Eyman’s newest proposal is wrong for Washington

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:

Eyman targets taxes, fees

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.

Eyman files tax-cap initiative

Undeterred by voters' rejection of his last ballot measure at the polls in November, initiative pitchman Tim Eyman -- baby in hand -- today filed his "Lower Property Taxes Initiative" for this year.

Proposal would regulate petitions

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.

High court throws out Eyman tax cap

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.