Tim Eyman proposes his latest tax initiative

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Tim Eyman proposes his latest tax initiative

AP News

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Initiative promoter Tim Eyman is pushing a new measure that would cut billions of dollars from the state budget unless the Legislature moves forward with a constitutional amendment that would make it harder for lawmakers to raise taxes.

Eyman proposed the new initiative yesterday.

The Seattle Times reports that the proposal would reduce the state sales tax by a penny, cutting state sales tax from 6.5 percent to 5.5, about $1 billion a year in lost revenue.

Under the measure, the tax cut could be avoided if the Legislature advances a constitutional amendment to the ballot that requiring a two-thirds vote to approve new taxes.

The measure is in response to a state Supreme Court ruling last year that found requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes is unconstitutional.

The court said that a constitutional amendment would be needed to put in place such a restriction.