Sounds like something out of a dark realm and a prank – and it sort of is. Self-styled zombies plan a slow march and "monster budget slash" event at the Capitol tomorrow – Friday, the 13th.
The state Department of General Administration expects about 100 people to show up, and that's a lot better turnout than the Secretary of State Sam Reed usually counts from cemeteries on Election Day.
The Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget, which helped organize a rally against education and health-care cuts at the Capitol in April, is behind the march. It starts around 1 p.m. – one press release says 1:30 p.m. – from Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia and ends with a rally at the Capitol steps.
There's supposed to be some kind of lobbying interaction with lawmakers, too.
Here's an excerpt from the news release on the event:
Read more about it at “Undead Olympia,” which has had a running commentary about cold and bloody spending cuts that lawmakers are trying to make – and which apparently only a soulless zombie could love.
Tim Eyman's Initiative 1053 is blamed by some Democrats for making it impossible to raise taxes or close so-called tax loopholes in the Legislature, which might blunt the zombie-style budget cuts. So Eyman has been invited, and so has Sen. Don Benton, the Vancouver Republican who has co-sponsored anti-tax measures with Eyman.
Eyman says he won't show up – even if he might still have a Darth Vader costume in his wardrobe. Instead he'll be in a King County courtroom watching how well the right-to-local initiative and referendum is defended in a couple of local cases, including Seattle's deep-bore tunnel.