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Mon April 22, 2013
Tim Eyman Proposes Yearly Advisory Votes On Two-Thirds For Tax Hikes
It’s been nearly two months since the Washington Supreme Court tossed out a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes. Monday, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman proposed an initiative he describes as a “lobbying tool” to bring back the super majority rule.
Eyman’s proposal would require annual advisory votes asking the public if it wants the legislature to enshrine the two-thirds threshold into the state constitution.
“The voters have said over and over and over and over and over again that they want this policy, but the Supreme Court said ‘you’ve got to get the legislature to do a two-thirds for taxes constitutional amendment, that’s the only way you can do it,'" Eyman says. "So we’re doing exactly what they told us we needed to do.”
Eyman’s initiative would also sunset all tax increases after one year, unless they were previously approved by voters. And candidates for re-election who vote for taxes would have that information printed alongside their picture in the voters’ pamphlet.
Eyman would not say when he plans to try to run this initiative. To make this November’s ballot, the deadline is July 5 for initiative sponsors to collect nearly 250,000 valid voter signatures.
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