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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Anti-Tax Activist Tim Eyman Blasts Car Tab Proposals In Olympia

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – He is synonymous with keeping Washington car tabs at $30. Now anti-tax initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is fired up again. He testified in Olympia Monday against a series of proposals to allow local transportation districts to impose higher vehicle fees.

Eyman says even Seattle voters have demonstrated a scorn for car tab hikes.

“With every vote that’s ever been had on higher car tab taxes at the ballot, the voters find this a completely radioactive unacceptable revenue source. And yet instead of accepting that decision you’re allowing local governments to cheat and take the money anyway.”

Eyman sported a green $30 car tab shirt as he testified. Over the years, Eyman has sponsored numerous ballot measures to limit car registration fees. However, city council members from Kirkland and Tacoma testified that their communities have backlogged transportation needs and not enough money to pay for them.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."