This fall, Tim Eyman is once again asking voters to renew the initiative that requires lawmakers to get a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. Initiative 1185 also requires the legislature to vote on any fee increase.
Eyman's complaint is that in the voter's guide you'll get in October, the state claims his initiative would cost $22 million to $33 million over the next five years.
The figure comes from the governor's budget office, which says there are new fees and tolls that have been set by agencies and commissions, which may not be allowed if the initiative passes.
Eyman argued to the judge that's misleading because those fees could be imposed if the legislature simply votes on them.
"Taking votes is what the legislature does in Olympia, and it doesn't cost anything."
But the judge dismissed Eyman's argument, saying the state has discretion on how it writes a fiscal statement, and Eyman doesn't have grounds to challenge it.
"Being my own attorney, it taught me to never do that again. I only did it because none of our attorneys was available. It was a totally nerve wracking experience,” said Eyman.
Eyman says the last time the two-thirds rule was on the ballot the state said it wouldn't cost taxpayers anything.
Even though voters have repeatedly passed this measure, Eyman says, voters need to keep renewing it to make it harder for lawmakers to repeal.