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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."

Eyman Opponents File Suit To Block I-1366

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network
File photo of Washington state anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.

Sore losers. That’s what Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman called opponents of Initiative 1366 Tuesday. This after they filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court to block the tax-limiting measure voters recently passed.

I-1366 aims to get Washington lawmakers to adopt a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote for tax hikes. The penalty if they don’t: the state sales tax drops by a penny on the dollar next April.

Opponents argue the Tim Eyman initiative is unconstitutional on several fronts. They say it usurps the legislature’s power and violates the single-subject rule for initiatives. They also say it forces lawmakers to make a Faustian choice between an untenable tax cut or an unconstitutional constitutional amendment.

The opponents behind the lawsuit include two Democratic state lawmakers and the League of Women Voters. In response, Eyman says 1366 was “carefully drafted to avoid any political and legal landmines.”

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."