Anti-Tax Ballot Initiative Sponsor Tim Eyman Says He Is Running For Governor Of Washington
Longtime anti-tax activist Tim Eyman says he’s running for governor of Washington. Eyman announced his candidacy Thursday at a Sound Transit board meeting.
He says his decision to run is motivated in part by legal efforts to overturn Initiative 976, his car tabs measure that voters just approved.
“I think for 21 years I’ve worked as a political activist to put ideas on the ballot that voters have had a chance to vote on and voters keep voting for a lot of our initiatives, yet we’ve got elected officials that aren’t listening to voters,” Eyman told public radio. “Instead they’re suing voters because they didn’t like the outcome of the vote.”
Eyman says he doesn’t know yet if he’ll run as a Republican or an independent.
He’s also currently embroiled in a campaign finance lawsuit brought by the Washington Attorney General’s office.
Earlier this year Eyman was charged with stealing a chair from Office Depot. He later settled the case without admitting guilt.
Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking a third term after ending his presidential bid earlier this fall.
Thursday was supposed to be the day that a Washington state ballot measure to lower car registration fees took effect. But the state Supreme Court has let an injunction stand against what is known as the $30 car tabs initiative. That means hundreds of thousands of drivers will get full price bills in the coming months that they thought they had voted to reduce. Continue Reading Washington’s $30 Car Tabs Initiative On Hold, And Tim Eyman Calls For People Not To Pay Anything
A King County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that opponents had adequately argued that the measure’s ballot title was misleading, and he issued an injunction. The challenge could eventually make its way to the state Supreme Court. Continue Reading Washington’s $30 Car Tabs On Hold As Judge Puts Injunction On I-976 As Legal Challenge Unfolds
As expected, the initiative’s passage prompted legal action, led by Seattle-area governments and public transit supporters protesting a projected $4.2 billion cut in revenue for transportation and transit projects over the next six years. But there has been an unexpected addition to that Puget Sound-centric group: the Garfield County Transportation Authority. Continue Reading Garfield County Is Washington’s Least Populous. It’s Joining A Suit To Stop I-976’s $30 Car Tabs