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April 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Tim Eyman plans initiative limiting tax increases to one year

Tim Eyman says he plans to file an initiative this year that would limit the duration of all new tax increases to one year.

The measure would be his response to a recent state Supreme Court ruling overturning an earlier Eyman initiative that required a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate, or voter approval, to increase taxes.

“Because the 2/3 law is no more, they (lawmakers) can raise taxes with a simple majority vote. But under our initiative, such tax increases will expire one year later,” Eyman said in a statement. “The only way a tax increase can continue is for them to pass it the next year too.”

Eyman says he plans to file the measure this week, although he won’t say whether he’s aiming for the 2013 or 2014 fall ballot.

In addition to limiting tax increases to one year, he said it also would require yearly advisory votes asking voters if they support a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes.

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