Eyman issues ultimatum on two-thirds vote

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EymanOLYMPIA — Tim Eyman proposed a new legislative initiative Monday that could decimate the state’s budget if the Legislature does not move ahead on a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds public vote to approve new taxes.

According to the Seattle Times, the new Eyman-backed initiative would cut state sales tax by a penny, meaning $1 billion a year in lost revenue to the state. The initiative — slated for the November ballot if Eyman gets the 246,372 signatures needed — wouldn’t go into effect if the Legislature puts a two-thirds constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The state Supreme Court ruled a two-thirds vote to increase taxes unconstitutional last year. Voters have approved a two-thirds requirement each of the five times it appeared on the ballot.

A state constitutional amendment needs to be approved by two-thirds of the state Legislature, as well as a simple majority of voters.

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  • Midgen21

    This is excellent. I hope they constitutional amendment includes requiring a 2/3 vote for the implementation of new tolls as well. Once the tolls on I405 go into effect, I won't be able to afford to go to work any more.

  • Jan S

    I think Tim Eyman needs to go away and get a real job for a change. He needs to be ignored, and maybe, just maybe he'll go away. So tired of his "initiatives". He is bound and determined to cripple our states economy…

  • Cliff

    SECTION 1 POLITICAL POWER. All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.

    We citizens have your back Tim! You go and we will vote it in. Return the power to the people!

  • The World is Ending

    The amendment should not only require a 2/3 majority for tax increases but also require a balanced budget and make the salaries of elected officials the very last line of the budget and then the salaries of all the committee heads that the governor appoints the next to the last line. And special sessions come out of their pay. I bet then they could balance the budget in a timely manor.

  • SteveZemke

    Sounds to me like Tim Eyman is channeling Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. Following the Cruz mantra of my way or the highway, Tim is proposing shutting down significant state services like funding educating our kids by cutting $1 billion in state funding. The state constitution says Legislators can only by a 2/3 vote put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. Since he can't get them to vote on the merits of his proposal he is following the Ted Cruz example and trying economic extortion. Enough is enough of this type of destructive behavior Voters would be wise to avoid supporting or signing this measure.

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