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Eyman’s initiative record

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Tim Eyman started his career in the 1990s trying to get funding for what would become Safeco Field put up for a public vote. Since then, he’s backed more than 20 statewide initiatives and now one city measure in Mukilteo, where he lives. He’s gotten enough signatures to put a dozen measures on the ballot. Here’s how they fared:
•Began Initiative 200, to eliminate affirmative action in state and local governments. Later led by conservative talk-radio host John Carlson. Approved in 1998.
•I-695, to reduce motor-vehicle excise taxes (car tabs) to a flat $30 and to prevent any state or local jurisdiction from raising taxes or fees without a vote of the people. Approved, although later overturned by the Supreme Court; Legislature passed the car tab portion.
•I-722, imposing a 2 percent limit on property tax increases (at the time 6 percent). Approved, overturned in court.
I-745, requiring that 90 percent of transportation taxes be spent for roads. Defeated.
•I-747, limiting property tax increases to 1 percent per year. Approved.
•I-776, axing taxes for car registration. Approved by voters; overturned in King County Superior Court, upheld by the state Supreme Court.*
•I-892, to reduce property taxes. Defeated.
I-18, to shrink the King County Council from 13 members to nine. Approved.
•I-900, allowing state auditor to do performance audits of state and local agencies. Approved.
•I-960, to require voter approval or a two-thirds legislative vote for any tax increase. Approved.
•I-985, to open carpool lanes to all traffic in non-peak hours. Defeated.
•I-1033, to cap revenue that can be raised by cities, counties and states. Defeated.
•Initiative 2 in Mukilteo, requiring a public vote before any traffic enforcement cameras are installed and limiting fines to $20. Approved.
I-1053, requiring the Legislature to receive either two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes, and requiring majority legislative approval to increase fees. Approved.
Source: Tim Eyman’s website,
*Correction, Nov. 29, 2010: An earlier version of this story omitted the fact that I-776 was upheld by the state Supreme Court.
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