Tag Archives: Initiative 900

FOIA filed to expose potential audit mischief

One of the major reasons we opposed Initiative 900 two years ago was because we feared the potential for abuse of the performance audit as a tool to ensure good government. Today, suspicious of the gleeful rhetoric used by opponents of transportation agencies such of Sound Transit expressing their happiness that audits will be released […]

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Initiative 900 rears its ugly head

Via Strange Bedfellows comes word of a new performance audit released by the State Auditor’s office and conducted by Ernst & Young, who declared in their report that “Washington State Ferries provides a level of service above what traffic volumes demand.” The audit says this unnecessary service will cost the state $100 million over the […]

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Setting the record straight on I-900, I-912

Yesterday, Tim Eyman sent out an e-mail congratulating all his supporters on the success of Initiative 900, saying “All of you helped make I-900 a success.  We received over 2400 donations (average contribution was $247.10).” It’s worth noting that Initiative 900 would have been doomed had it not been for the tremendous financial backing provided […]

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Eyman loses big in 2005 election

This year’s election will long be remembered as a turning point in Washington’s history. While Initiative 900 passed, Initiative 912 failed in a stunning defeat for Tim Eyman, who had latched on to the effort spearheaded by KVI talk show hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur. Initiative 900 was passing with about 56% of the […]

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Statement on Initiative 900 election results

“As we expected, Initiative 900 is passing with a fairly comfortable margin, according to the latest results,” said Permanent Defense Chair Andrew Villeneuve. “While the initiative was poorly drafted and not subject to public hearings or other constructive input, voters saw the words ‘performance audits’ on the ballot, and decided that they would like to […]

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Time to Vote….Today is Election Day

If you’re a registered voter and you haven’t yet voted, please do so, whether you go to the polls or receive your ballot in the mail. Remember to vote NO on Initiatives 900, 912, and 330. Vote YES on Initiatives 901 and 336. Also remember to vote for Ron Sims if you live in King […]

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The Stranger endorses NO on I-900

An excerpt from their editorial: A bill passed by the legislature last year already expanded the capabilities of the auditor’s office to do performance audits of state agencies under the oversight of an appointed Citizen’s Advisory Panel—which (unlike Eyman’s version) would prevent the newly empowered auditor from being an unaccountable politicized attack dog. And that […]

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Municipal League Opposes Initiative 900

Here’s their rationale: Performance audits can be valuable as a management and accountability tool to enhance governmental efficiency. They should be used judiciously by independent, non political auditors to effect improvements in individual agencies and programs. The performance audit legislation ESHB 1064 already passed by the Legislature in 2005 provides such a mechanism and funds […]

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Eyman’s Initiative 900 failing in latest poll

SurveyUSA has a new poll out that shows voters actually voting down Initiative 900. In the poll 48% say they will vote no, while 45% say they will vote yes. 5% are undecided. For an initiative that has drawn this organization as the only real organized opposition, those are excellent numbers. But polls have shown […]

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OFM Fiscal Impact Statement for I-900

The Office of Fiscal Management has released their fiscal impact statement for Initiative 900. It is as follows: Fiscal Impact Statement for Initiative 900 Initiative 900 would reduce state sales-and-use tax revenue flowing to the state fund that finances general government services. It directs that 0.16 percent of this revenue go to a new Performance […]

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