NEW UPDATE ON OUR $30 TABS
Initiative 976 easily qualified for a public vote when we collected and turned in 352,000 voter signatures.
Then $5 million was spent by opponents who violated the law against taxpayer money being spent opposing a ballot measure:
Our side aggressively defended it at free forums:
Then voters overwhelmingly passed it:
We were thrilled:
But then Seattle sued the voters:
Then Inslee blocked it saying “voters were confused”:
Then AG Bob Ferguson sabotaged its defense:
I stood up in court to try to answer the judge’s questions the AG didn’t answer:
Then I started a peaceful protest by refusing to renew my tabs and encouraged everyone to not renew either:
Then attorney Stephen Pidgeon and superstar Clint Didier intervened and vigorously defended I-976:
Thanks to their heroic efforts, the King County judge ruled our $30 Tabs Initiative was constitutional:
Then AG Ferguson filed his response late causing the initiative to stay suspended while on appeal:
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on June 30.
They can issue their ruling anytime they want (they took 5 years to issue their ruling on gay marriage).
So the voters have 3 times passed initiatives that mandated $30 tabs and repealed that dishonest, artificially inflated vehicle valuation schedule.
And yet everyone is paying more than $30 for their tabs and the government is still calculating car tab taxes using a 3-times-voter-repealed dishonest valuation schedule.
Despite it being ruled constitutional.
It’s maddening. It’s infuriating. It’s mind-blowingly unfair.
And that’s why I haven’t renewed my tabs since last October:
I’ve been pulled over twice. Both times I said the same thing: “hello officer, it’s not that I forgot to pay my car tabs. I’m willing to pay $30 but since the voters passed the initiative and the judge upheld it, this is a peaceful protest. That being the case, officer, I ask you to please use your discretion and issue me with a warning.”
As I learned (twice), many officers understand what’s going on, are sympathetic, and will issue a warning.
But what if I had received a ticket? On the back of every ticket, it gives you the chance to appeal it. I would’ve marked “contest it”.
Because of COVID, the court system is backed up. It’ll be several months before it gets heard. You can do an appeal in writing.
Judges very often reduce the ticket amount to court costs which are often $25 – $75.
1) Likelihood of getting pulled over? Low
2) Likelihood you’ll get a warning if you are pulled over? High
3) If you do get a ticket and appeal, it’ll be months before it’s heard.
4) Likelihood the judge will knock it down to minor court costs? High
To me, not renewing my tabs is a worthy protest with low risk, minimal costs, and there’s strength in numbers.
Jay Inslee and Bob Ferguson want citizens to just forget about it:
Voters won’t forget. I’m doing everything I can to make sure voters remember who ignored / sabotaged / disrespected their vote.
I really need your help to survive AG Bob Ferguson’s investigation / litigation / persecution of me and my family. The only reason we’re still here is thanks to the heartfelt prayers and generous support from friends like you.
Please help with that (BACKGROUND: TimDefense.com):
Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund
500 106th Ave NE #709
Bellevue, WA, 98004
In addition, we worked really hard on our $30 Tabs Initiative.
We got I-976 qualified, passed, and upheld by that King County Judge (it’s still on hold because of the AG’s sabotage). Karen and I sacrificed a lot — we sold off our retirement fund and loaned $500K to kickstart its signature drive.
We’re asking folks to donate so we can get paid back. Please help with that:
Credit card/Paypal: https://permanentoffense.com/donate/
PO Box 6151
Olympia, WA, 98507
(memo line: Repay Eymans’ loan)
I love you all.