Initiative to rename Skagit River bridge ‘Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge’ in mocking gesture

SEATTLE — The “Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge” could soon become a reality.

According to the Everett Herald, a Bothell man has filed an initiative to name the repaired span after the anti-tax guru.

The newspaper said Nicholas Santos filed the measure with the legislature to designate the bridge as the Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge, “dedicated to the efforts of Tim Eyman to reduce Washington State tax revenues and the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on May 23, 2013.”

Santos tells the newspaper he got the idea after seeing a picture and meme by Northwest Progressive Institute. The group is a political think tank that has opposed all of Eyman’s measures.

Santos must now collect and turn in at least 246,372 signatures of registered voters by Jan. 3.

If he does, the measure will be sent to Olympia where lawmakers can decide to enact it or do nothing, which would result in it being sent to the November ballot.

“It’s always so silly when opponents of our initiatives attack me personally, as if I have tremendous power. I don’t,” Eyman wrote in an email to the Herald. “I have a great team who works super hard each year to give voters a greater voice in their government. Regarding our initiatives, some pass, some don’t, but all of them give the average taxpayer an equal voice in the process and that’s something I’m very proud of.”

You can read the entire article here.

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4 comments

  • Skip

    Washington state DOT has made some major boo -boos on the 520 floating bridge, so the citizens have a right to better accountability –whether Eyman's team can provide accountability is suspect too.

  • Cliff

    It is not because of Tim Eyman that out transportation budget is so ineffective. Billions being spent on light rail and other ineffective mass transit measures has killed our roads budget.
    It seems a little ludicrous to think that in the past with less gas tax revenue than we have today we built all of our infrastructure but today we cannot maintain it on even more tax dollars…

    It is not because of Tim Eyman it is because we have politicians with no respect for the taxpayer dollar or enough common sense how to use it effectively.

  • guest

    This Santos guy is a douchebag! Blaming Eyman is crap think about how much money those pansie assed congressmen and senators have been paid to have special sessions the last few years because THEY DON'T DO WHAT THEY ARE PAID TO DO!!!! Just another wanna be comedian is what Santos is!! He probably sent it all in on his Obama phone! Another person that thinks the gov't has our best interests in mind! Entitlement a**hole!