Eyman rips Seattle Clowncil for blocking vote on head tax
Here’s my 60 second testimony ripping the Seattle City Council for blocking a public vote on the head tax (listen closely to hear the smattering of boos and hisses as I introduce myself):
The Seattle City Council voted 7-2 to repeal the tax. Some view that as victory. But the truth is it’s only a partial victory.
Having this on the ballot would’ve shifted the tectonic plates of Seattle politics for a generation.
But by repealing the tax, the Seattle City Council blocked the public vote that would’ve repudiated not just the tax, but the Clowncil too.
To their credit, the referendum backers turned in their 46,000+ voter signatures yesterday (they almost didn’t). The people who sponsored the referendum, the people who collected the voter signatures, and the voters who signed the petitions, they are heroes who deserve a big pat on the back for their efforts.
I’m glad I was there to experience the spectacle and proud to have played a small role in this tax’s demise. But it’s the voters who deserved the chance to put the stake in the heart of the head tax. The Council removed the voters from the process. And that is the injustice the Council committed that is truly unforgivable.
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