Politics & Government

Tim Eyman says he'll renew initiative for tax votes

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Initiative activist Tim Eyman says he'll introduce another initiative in 2012 requiring a two-thirds supermajority for the Legislature to raise taxes.

Eyman's Initiative 1053 was overwhelming approved by voters in November. It requires the Legislature to get a two-thirds majority on tax-hike votes rather than the simple majority required for most legislation. Lawmakers also could send taxes to Washington voters for approval.

It took effect Dec. 2. However, lawmakers are allowed to change or suspend initiatives after two years. Eyman says that starting in 2012, he'll introduce a similar initiative every two years to try to keep that from happening.