Eyman defends the people’s voice (testimony in Olympia on tax advisory votes)

by | Nov 23, 2013

Thanks to our supporters emailing Rep. Hunt, I was invited to participate in yesterday’s work session in Olympia.  The topic?  Their upcoming legislative effort to repeal, neuter, and gut the people’s tax advisory votes, a taxpayer protection policy that passed in 2007 and was reaffirmed in 2012.

        TVW taped the hearing.  You can watch it here.  When you click on this link, you can move the cursor along the bottom of the screen to fast forward.  http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2013110089

        Tim’s testimony starts at 21:06.

        21:06 – 26:23 Eyman testimony on tax advisory votes

        26:23 – 37:40 Eyman gets grilled by legislators who ask me to “work with them” to gut this voter-approved law

        Some of you may not be able to watch this video online, so I’ve included a few excerpts below:

        Tim (when asked if I’d “work with them” to gut the law): “I really feel uncomfortable ‘negotiating’ something I’m not in a position to negotiate. 1.9 million people voted for Initiative 1185 and reaffirmed this policy and I don’t feel like I’m the representative for 1.9 million people.”

        Tim (when asked why there’s only a vote on tax increases when a tax bill raises taxes on some but reduces taxes on others): “If you raise taxes on some people … and reduce taxes on other people … these people don’t care if you gave their money to somebody else. It seems to me that that’s where the focus should be: who you raised the taxes on and should they have some kind of voice in the process.”

        Tim: “We don’t think it’s that much to ask if you’re not gonna refer the increase to the ballot, and you’re not gonna let there be a 2/3 vote, if you’re not going to give the people what they truly want, at least let them know how legislators voted on the bill, and let them know what taxes were increased and how much they’re gonna cost.”

        Tim: “There’s two simple ways to avoid an advisory vote: don’t raise the tax and then there’s no advisory vote. Or refer it to the ballot and let the voters decide it, and then there’s no advisory vote. If you actually do those two things, you never have to worry about costs, you never have to worry about tax advisory votes.”

         I hope you can watch the whole thing (fast forward to 21:06:  http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2013110089

        Thanks for helping make sure there was a vigorous defense of this voter-approved policy.

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