Tim Eyman's Latest Initiative To Chop Down Car Tab Taxes Fails To Get Enough Signatures
December 30, 2017
Tim Eyman (center) and supporters CLICK TO ENLARGE
(MUKILTEO, WA.) -- Anti-tax guru Tim Eyman reluctantly admits his latest initiative on the car-tab cost issue has fizzled out because they couldn't collect enough signatures in time to get the measure before the state legislature.
In an email Thursday to this fine, family-oriented publication, Mr. Eyman said in part:
"Despite months of hard work and effort by a lot of great people, I'm really disappointed to announce that we didn't make it.
Even though bringing back our $30 car tabs has overwhelming public support (85% according to KOMO 4's poll), we didn't collect the 350,000 signatures needed to get our measure on the ballot. I know that this is heartbreaking news.
We all know that if our $30 car tabs initiative had qualified for a vote, it would've been overwhelmingly approved by the voters across the state, especially in the Puget Sound.
We thought our timing was perfect:
* Folks were spittin' mad about their skyrocketing car tab taxes.
* Sound Transit was ripping everyone off by artificially inflating the value of everyone's vehicles and they opposed any and all efforts to tax vehicles at what they're actually worth.
* And despite hearing from thousands of constituents screaming about their high car tab taxes, the 2017 Legislature only talked about the problem but didn't do anything to fix it.
And as we know, Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Eyman noted that, even though this time around things didn't work out as planned, he and his supporters nailed the first victory for $30 tabs in 1999 and the second victory for $30 tabs in 2002.
Those initiatives got the cost of car tab taxes "way down and have saved taxpayers over $22.4 billion since they passed," says Eyman.
But in recent years, "especially because of Sound Transit's dishonest calculations," says Eyman, "Car tabs are going back up."
So why didn't they pull in enough signatures this time around? Eyman again:
"It boils down to money -- we just didn't raise enough funds to hire paid petitioners to supplement our volunteers. Getting 350,000 sigs in a handful of months is hugely difficult even when the initiative's policy is super popular.
Last year, 4 liberal initiatives qualified for the ballot -- the AVERAGE amount of money raised and spent was $1.6 million (the low was $1.2 million and the high was $1.8 million). If we had raised that much, we would've hired paid petitioners and then we would've made it. Nowadays, it's near essential to hire paid professionals.
We will learn from this experience and make sure to use those lessons in future efforts.
We've announced next year's initiative, calling it "We Don't Want An Income Tax." With the Democrats in control of the House and Senate and with the state supreme court ordering next year's Legislature to "find" an additional $1 billion in taxes, the threat of an income tax has never been higher. Our initiative prohibits the state and local governments from imposing any kind of income tax, especially a capital gains income tax."
Eyman says "We Don't Want An Income Tax" will be one of the most important initiatives they've ever done and those boots will be able to hit the ground running with it in January.