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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

July 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Initiative filed to name Skagit River bridge after Tim Eyman

An initiative to the Legislature was filed Wednesday that would apparently name the infamous Skagit River bridge — that collapsed on Interstate 5 in May – after Tim Eyman.

The measure reads: “That portion of state route number 5 from the junction with state route number 538 in Mount Vernon, thence northerly to the junction with state route 20 in Burlington is designated “the Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge”, dedicated to the efforts of Tim Eyman to reduce Washington State tax revenues and the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on May 23, 2013.”

The initiative was filed by Nicholas Santos of Bothell. He could not be immediately reached for comment. Eyman is an anti-tax advocate who has filed many initiatives over the years aimed at reducing or controlling the growth of taxes.

Part of the Skagit River bridge collapsed May 23 when a oversize truck struck the north end of the bridge, causing one section to crumble. It has since been reopened with a temporary repair.

Initiatives to the Legislature require 246,372 signatures of registered Washington voters by Jan. 3. Measures that qualify are sent to the Legislature, where lawmakers can enact them, or let them go to the ballot in 2014. Or the Legislature could place the measure and an alternative on the ballot.

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