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Nov 7, 2012 Tim Eyman commented on Time to Get Real, Jay Inslee.
to: Will in Seattle

you wrote: I was talking with some state senators about Eyman last nite.

what'd they say?
May 12, 2012 Tim Eyman commented on Big Oil to Fund Eyman's Latest Two-Thirds Initiative (and Why People Who Defend the Initiative Process Are All Liars, Idiots, or Assholes).
It's been a pleasure, everyone. I enjoyed the repartee.

Blog post is still inaccurate: just like voter-approved I-1053, I-960, R-49, and I-601, this year's I-1185 requires tax increases to receive either two-thirds legislative approval or majority voter approval. Fee increases require a simple majority vote of the Legislature.

Blog post says it's 2/3 for tax and fee increases. That's not correct -- 2/3 for tax increases, simple majority for fee increases.

Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.
May 12, 2012 Tim Eyman commented on Big Oil to Fund Eyman's Latest Two-Thirds Initiative (and Why People Who Defend the Initiative Process Are All Liars, Idiots, or Assholes).
@ 57 64% of voters approved this same initiative just 2 years ago. That was the 4th time voters approved it, following the legislature suspending it in 2010 and imposing $6.7 billion in higher taxes. Voters sign our petitions and voters approve our initiatives. Your 'beef' is with them, not us.
May 11, 2012 Tim Eyman commented on Big Oil to Fund Eyman's Latest Two-Thirds Initiative (and Why People Who Defend the Initiative Process Are All Liars, Idiots, or Assholes).
Story remains inaccurate: I-1185 does not require 2/3 for fee increases.

After being notified of the error, Joel Connelly at the Seattle PI corrected his story but so far, this blog continues to report inaccurately on I-1185.

Bueller? Bueller?

May 11, 2012 Tim Eyman commented on Big Oil to Fund Eyman's Latest Two-Thirds Initiative (and Why People Who Defend the Initiative Process Are All Liars, Idiots, or Assholes).
@7: 9% of the voters agree with you.

Are statewide initiative elections good or bad for the state or do they not make much difference: 67% good, 9% bad, 18% no difference, 6% don't know

KCTS 9/KPLU/Washington Poll, question 40:
http://www.washingtonpoll.org/results/oc…
May 11, 2012 Tim Eyman commented on Big Oil to Fund Eyman's Latest Two-Thirds Initiative (and Why People Who Defend the Initiative Process Are All Liars, Idiots, or Assholes).
ERROR: I-1185 requires 2/3 legislative approval or majority voter approval for tax increases.

Fee increases require a simple majority of the Legislature, not 2/3.

see section 4 of I-1185:
http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/init…

We have received 605 donations from our regular donors since January as well as enthusiastic support from the business community thanks to their endorsement in March:
http://washingtonstatewire.com/blog/busi…

And if enough voters (300,000) voluntarily sign our petitions by the July 6th deadline, then the voters will decide (and 64% of voters approved these exact same policies in 2010 without any money spend on advertising the initiative).
Jul 8, 2011 Tim Eyman commented on Three Initiatives Turn in Over 1 Million Signatures to Qualify for November Ballot.
Here are the 2 biggest reasons we're sponsoring I-1125:

1) Voters approved Initiative 1053, the Taxpayer Protection Act, last year with a 64% "yes" vote. It passed in every legislative district outside Seattle (44 of 49 districts overwhelmingly approved it). Nonetheless, we've been watching politicians find sneaky, underhanded ways to get around I-1053 and our state Constitution. The most egregious violation relates to fees. I-1053 required the people's elected representatives in the Legislature, and not unelected bureaucrats at state agencies, to take a recorded vote to set fees. But the Legislature re-empowered Gregoire's unelected Transportation Commission to unilaterally impose billions of dollars in new tolls and ferry fares. I-1125 reinstates the I-1053 policy that it be the Legislature that decides. We're talking about thousands of dollars per year for families and it's simply not reasonable to allow that to happen without some accountability and transparency.

2) Much of I-1125 is simply a reaffirmation of current laws and current constitutional protections (transportation money must go to transportation, tolls being project-specific, tolls paying for the infrastructure itself). Why? Because too many politicians and special interest groups have talked about skirting the law and violating the Constitution that we felt it was necessary to shine a bright spotlight on their plans. Better to deter them from breaking the law than to overturn their illegal actions after-the-fact (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure).

We are incredibly proud and excited to be bringing I-1125 to the voters. It provides needed attention to some critically impactful policies. Special interest groups and politicians don't want an open debate on this ... they prefer cutting backroom deals and keeping the voters in the dark about what they're doing. With I-1125, the public will learn about what's going on and get the chance to weigh in in a meaningful way.

More on I-1125 here: http://soundpolitics.com/archives/014813…
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Jun 13, 2011 Tim Eyman commented on Eyman, Too, Comes to Bury Gregoire, Not Praise Her.
For those interested, here's the complete post:

GREGOIRE'S LEGACY: UNSUSTAINABLE BUDGETS CEMENTED IN 2005

It was March 22, 2005.

Gregoire was the newly elected/selected Governor. And she submitted her budget. Here's what she said about it: "I don't like it," she said. "It's not sustainable. It's what's wrong with the budget in the state of Washington."

Read the rest here:
http://soundpolitics.com/archives/014880…
 
 

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