Tim Eyman critic wants to name (failed) Skagit Bridge after him

Posted by Brad Shannon on July 25, 2013 

I-5 Bridge Collapse

A collapsed section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River is seen in an aerial view Friday, May 24, 2013. Part of the bridge collapsed Thursday evening, sending cars and people into the water when a an oversized truck hit the span, the Washington State Patrol chief said. Three people were rescued from the water. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a state of emergency in three counties around the bridge, saying that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

MIKE SIEGEL — AP

Initiative guru Tim Eyman is getting some needling via the initiative process he makes his living from. The Office of Secretary of State reports two more initiatives to the Legislature were filed Wednesday - including one that would name the Skagit River bridge, which collapsed earlier this summer, for Eyman in honor of his tax-control efforts.

The measure from Nicholas Santos of Bothell has not been assigned a number yet.

It is titled, "Commemorate the Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge" initiative and says it is "dedicated to the efforts of Tim Eyman to reduce Washington State tax revenues and the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on May 23, 2013."

A few dozen initiatives to the Legislature have been filed already this year including serious, rival measures that deal with background checks for gun-buyers and also gun-owner rights. Each measure needs 246,372 valid voter signatures by Jan. 3 to be presented to the 2014 Legislature for consideration (lawmakers can elect to adopt a qualifying measure into law, put a rival on the ballot with the initiative, or just let it pass to the ballot alone).

Also filed this week  is a tax "loophole" measure from Steve Zemke, a long-time Eyman critic. His proposal would require a "tax expenditure budget" along with the state budget outlining expenditures - including a ranking of tax breaks in the code as a high, medium or low priority of the state.

We'll have more on that one later.

UPDATE: Eyman, who is expert at demonizing others, put out this response to the initiative: 

"It's always so silly when opponents of our initiatives attack me personally, as if I have tremendous power.  I don't.  I have a great team who works super hard each year to give voters a greater voice in their government. Regarding our initiatives, some pass, some don't, but all of them give the average taxpayer an equal voice in the process and that's something I'm very proud of."

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