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Eyman Lawsuit Tossed

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A judge threw out a claim by initiative promoter Tim Eyman, who wanted the state’s budget office to change its estimate of taxpayer costs for his latest ballot measure.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled Friday that the Office of Financial Management has discretion under the law in putting together fiscal impact statements. The state says that as much as $33 million in toll revenue could be lost under Initiative1185.

I-1185 requires lawmakers to have a two-thirds majority to create or raise taxes. It seeks to reinforce prior Eyman initiatives that make it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.

Eyman has argued that there is no cost to his initiative. Now that the lawsuit has been dismissed, the secretary of state’s office can move ahead with printing voters’ pamphlets, which include the fiscal impact statements for ballot measures.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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