To rob us of our vote and steal our $30 Tabs, all 9 judges on the Seattle Supreme Court had to ignore the clear language of I-976.

by | Nov 3, 2020

It’s election day!! Join me tonight with Loren and his Culp for Governor team in Tenino (17348 Marsh Rd SW, Tenino — it’s south of Olympia). I’m getting there at the 630pm start time, I’ll be on stage at 7:45pm to thank everyone before polls close at 8pm. And then we’ll be partying ’til midnight! I hope you’ll join me/us as we celebrate letting the voters decide. 


From I-976: “This measure and each of its provisions limit state and local taxes, fees, and other charges relating to motor vehicles.”

Every provision did exactly that.

But these 9 corrupt judges claimed one section didn’t have anything to do with limiting vehicle taxes and was thus a “second subject”.

And that was Section 12.

But look at the specific language of Section 12: In order to effectuate (definition of effectuate: “to put into force, carry out, achieve”) the policies, purposes, and intent of this act and to ensure that the motor vehicle excise taxes repealed by this act are no longer imposed or collected, an authority that imposes a motor vehicle excise tax under RCW 81.104.160 (right now, that’s only Sound Transit but this policy would have affected any other government imposing a tax under this statute) must fully retire, defease, or refinance any outstanding bonds.”

This language is clear and unambiguous — Section 12 was included “to carry out” the elimination of Sound Transit’s dishonest, inaccurate, artificially inflated car tab tax. 

King County Judge Marshall Ferguson’s ruling clearly explained why Section 12 was included and necessary (pages 13-17 & 23,

Section 12 is germane to the general subject of motor vehicle fees and taxes because it is intended to ensure that one type of repealed motor vehicle tax, the special MVET levied and collected by Sound Transit, is no longer collected. Section 12 accomplishes this by requiring that bonds repaid by special MVET revenues must be retired early, defeased, or refinanced. A prior initiative measure, I-776, attempted to eliminate Sound Transit’s authority to collect special MVET by repealing RCW 81.104.160 without requiring bond retirement. The Washington Supreme Court ultimately held such repeal unconstitutional because it impaired contracts between Sound Transit and its bondholders by eliminating the tax revenues pledged for bond debt repayment. In the present case, by making the elimination of Sound Transit’s authority to levy and collect its special MVET contingent upon Sound Transit’s ability to retire, defease, or refinance its outstanding bonds, Section 12 of I-976 is a mechanism to avoid the unconstitutional flaw the Supreme Court identified in Pierce County II.  Section 12 is a necessary precursor to the repeal of MVET tax authority  Since Section 12 is necessary to implement Sections 10 and 11 (which repeal Sound Transit’s car tab tax), both of which are germane to the general subject of motor vehicle taxes and fees, Section 12 is likewise germane to the same general subject.  all of I-976’s provisions operate in a coordinated, conjunctive way to serve a unified legislative goal of repealing, reducing, or removing authority to impose motor vehicle fees and taxes. They are germane to each other and to I-976’s general subject. … Section 12 is necessary to achieve the repeal of the special MVET … as such, Section 12’s impact upon existing bonds is directly related to facilitating the tax repeals and reductions. … the Court concludes that Plaintiffs have failed to satisfy their burden of establishing, beyond a reasonable doubt, that I-976 violates the single-subject rule of Article II, section 19 of the Washington Constitution.”

These 9 corrupt judges were sent Judge Ferguson’s well-reasoned ruling, they read it, and then they disregarded it.

And they were sent I-976’s clear text, read it, and disregarded it too.

Despite this clear language in Section 12 (“to ensure the motor vehicle excise taxes repealed by this act are no longer imposed or collected’), their ruling said this:

“Section 12, which requires Sound Transit to retire, defease, or refinance bonds, is not germane to limiting vehicle taxes and fees … section 12 is an unconstitutional second subject.” (page 16)

It’s maddening, truly maddening, that the voters have clearly demanded $30 tabs — for the 3rd time — and yet it’s been taken away by the Seattle Supreme Court, Lyin’ Jay, Fascist Fergie, and other Seattle politicians.

Because of this blatant corruption and voter disenfranchisement, I haven’t renewed my car tabs since October 2019.

I’ve driven the roads and highways of Washington with expired tabs for 12 months — I’ve been pulled over twice and didn’t get a ticket either time because I explained to the officer that I was engaging in a peaceful political protest. 

I won’t renew until the voters get the $30 Tabs they’ve repeatedly voted for and deserve. I urge you to do the same.

This is why the AG’s lawsuit asks for a lifetime ban on all my future political activity.

The AG’s attacks on me and my family over the past 8 years have been brutal. I really need your help to survive this. Please donate to my legal defense fund here: 

Mail-in donation:
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:
Mail-in donation:
Permanent Offense
PO Box 6151
Olympia, WA, 98507
(memo line: Repay Eymans’ loan)

Thanks everyone.

I love you all.