OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Thurston County judge on Friday denied a legal challenge from Initiative 1185 author Tim Eyman to the state’s financial analysis of his latest ballot measure.
Eyman, acting as his own attorney, last week requested a writ of mandamus against the state, when it announced that a lengthy financial impact statement must appear on the official Washington State Voter’s Pamphlet this fall, stating that the measure, which requires a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes or fees, would drain millions from the public coffers.
I-1185, by all accounts, is nearly identical to Initiative 1053, which the voters approved by a wide margin in 2010. In that case, the published financial impact statement consisted of one sentence advising voters it would be revenue neutral.
This time around, the financial impact statement was three pages long and concluded it would cost the state millions in tax revenue.