Washington's Tim Eyman may return for 2010 ballot
OLYMPIA, Washington: According to reports, Tim Eyman may return to the statewide ballot in 2010. Despite Initiative 1033's, his latest proposed measure, failure to pass Eyman said the legislature's tax decisions in January will determine his actions. Initiative 1033 failed 55% to 45%. Eyman, Mike and Jack Fagan, supporters of I-1033, said they plan to "try to read the tea leaves, like everybody, from 1033. We’ll do a tax initiative for next year...If the Legislature goes hog wild, we could put 1033 on the ballot again and it would likely pass." Lawmakers will be facing an approximately $1.2 billion to $1.7 billion budget gap in January 2010. House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, said that despite tax increases being one possible solution, they are not a certainty. Additionally, Kessler noted that any tax increases may be on the 2010 ballot.