Tim Eyman’s Priorities for Governing
I’ve been fighting to cut taxes for 22 years. I’m not about to stop now. As your governor, I’ll veto every tax increase the legislature throws at me. You will not get hit with an income tax. We will not have a job-destroying carbon tax slapped on our businesses. You will not have to endure the “pay-per-mile” tax Inslee fantasizes about.
In fact, my mission is to lower your taxes. I want to see meaningful property tax cuts. I want to cut rates, freeze them, adjust assessments downward. Why? Far too many seniors have to leave the homes they worked for their entire lives because of property taxes. Far too many first-time home-buyers are priced out because of the property tax burden. An Eyman administration will make Property Tax Reform a top priority.
Most of all, I felt just as betrayed as you did every time Inslee broke HIS campaign promise to veto taxes, and instead raised them – 30 times! His tax hikes cost us more than $50 Billion, and have driven up the cost of living for every person in our state. No more! My mission is to Repeal 8 Years of Jay Inslee, and that means every one of his new taxes is on my target list.
My goal is to be the greatest tax cutting governor in American history, and to get my name in the Guinness Book of World Records for most vetoes in history! If we are to get Washington growing again and Repeal 8 Years of Jay Inslee, we have no choice but to elect a Governor with those goals. I will be that Governor!
Essentials Before Extras
Priorities. “Needs” before “wants.” Whatever you want to call it, we need to craft budgets in Olympia that don’t just assume we’re going into debt. An Eyman administration would start with the amount of taxes the state brings in. We need to pay our bills, and start with our highest priority bills first. Constitutionally, that’s education. From there, we move down the list, and we stop when we stop spending before we run out of money. Every dollar must be justified, and every dollar will be prioritized.
If this sounds too good to be true, I have good news for you. In the 2000’s, Governor Gary Locke and Senator Dino Rossi did just this. They created a budget that started with the amount of taxes coming in, and prioritized spending starting at the top. They called it “Priorities of Government.” I call it Budgeting 101. It was a great example of how bipartisanship can work when two sides genuinely interested in serving the people and growing the economy can make government work for the people – not the special interests.
The easiest way to do that is Open Our Schools! I organized a successful lawsuit to make Inslee get our kids back to school in the fall – not January 2021, or later like he was proposing. He saw he was going to lose, so he backed down. But that’s not good enough! He’s planning to put so many bizarre restrictions on kids in the classroom that it will ruin the learning experience. Enough! I will make sure our kids’ right to an education can be exercised safely and effectively – and in-person!
One of the creepiest laws Inslee signed is what I call his “Sex Ed for Toddlers” law. Inslee wants to expose small children to graphic sexual materials and teach them concepts nowhere close to age-appropriate. While I supported subjecting his law to a Referendum, my proposal went further in repealing it and made sure kids and teachers had to opt-in to such classes. Whatever the fate of the Referendum, I’m committed to protecting our kids’ innocence!
Years ago I proposed an initiative that ensured 70% or more of education tax dollars went to the classrooms. There’s too much overhead, to much bureaucracy and too little learning. Making sure the funds go where they belong could open up more vocation opportunities for kids who aren’t on the university path. Prioritizing education means getting our tax dollars where they’re most needed – the classroom!
No one talks about how much our kids are missing out on the civic learning most of us had when we were in school. No matter what your race, religion or background, we’re all Americans. If we’re not instilling in our kids the pride and awe they should feel being fortunate enough to grow up in America, we’re robbing them of an adulthood with greater social harmony. So much of the chaos, division, anger and violence we see today stems from the fact that our kids are being taught to focus on what divides them, rather than their precious freedom and collective pride that encourages unity and strengthens the social fabric of our state.
Lastly, I 100% support homeschooling. As far as I can tell, Washington has some of the better homeschooling laws in the country and I want to keep it that way. More than half-a-dozen kids have been homeshooled by people working for my campaign, and their only major concern is that with the growing interest in homeschooling, the state may seek to step in and increase regulations. I will block any such attempts, and where homeschooling can be supported, I will enthusiastically do so.
Mask Mandate: The South Dakota Governor didn’t shut down her state — she didn’t go with fines, jail time, mandates, or dictates. She didn’t send in SWAT teams or the AG. She’s not requiring citizens to wear masks. She’s relying on the common sense and personal responsibility of “South Dakotans.” She’s handling things like I would in a situation like this: treat citizens like adults, give them information, advise them, persuade them if necessary, and trust them. I have also filed a lawsuit over Jay Inslee’s mask mandate.
Vaccines: I don’t think anyone should be forced to inject chemicals or anything else in their bodies. Not when they’re babies or kids. Not because of coronavirus, or anything else. There are more than enough people who choose to vaccinate to achieve the expected levels of herd immunity that are expected from vaccines.
I will fight every day to defend our Constitutional rights. There’s a reason that we have a 1st Amendment, a 2nd Amendment, a 4th Amendment. There’s a reason they were added to our Constitution. I will defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Washington State’s Constitution goes even further in defending your right to own a firearm than the US Constitution does. For 22 years, I’ve fought to limit the power of government. Most people know me for my victories cutting taxes. What people don’t know is how many different ways I’ve fought for the 1st Amendment – for initiatives, open meetings, speaking back at politicians, protesting despite Inslee’s Lockdown, the right to make politicians listen, the idea that Churches and Worship are Essential . . .
I will also defend the 2nd Amendment. I am proud of the A-rating I have earned from the National Rifle Association. People don’t know how I worked hard behind the scenes with my allies in the Gun Rights Movement to keep initiatives like the disastrous I-1639 off the ballot, and won – until biased left-wing judges decided otherwise. People don’t realize that I’ve led citizens to push back against local leaders who were putting an Emergency Gun Ban on the books in towns like Edmonds, an ordinance that would allow the mayor to ban the sale, transfer and possession of a firearm! People don’t realize how I forcefully argued that gun stores should remain open and defy Inslee’s lockdown order – because people can’t exercise their 2nd Amendment-protected rights if they can’t own a gun! I used my notoriety of gathering massive petitions to start one that encouraged gun shops to stay open – and now most of them are, despite Inslee never deeming them “essential businesses.”
Also, I will defend the 4th Amendment. I believe in protecting our privacy, and if government wants to spy on you or get access to your personal data, they should present their evidence to a judge and get a warrant – just as the Constitution plainly requires. I have fought attacks on our privacy, and I will keep doing it. I fought “Automatic Ticketing Cameras” in the past, which track our movements and make our streets less safe with speed and red-light cameras. I introduced an initiative just weeks ago intended to block Facial Recognition Technology from being used on you at Seatac Airport. I oppose Inslee’s “contact tracing” program that would be a massive violation of the 4th Amendment. I will veto any attempt to impose the “Pay-per-Mile Tax” that Inslee has been fantasizing about for years. No way! I am willing to go to the mat to defend your rights, and don’t mind battling the special interests who want to make money by getting government to violate them!
Homelessness has skyrocketed on Inlsee’s watch. Why? Inslee simply doesn’t care – the homeless don’t donate to him or his party.
I looked high and low across the country for the best solutions to solve Washington’s homelessness crisis. Surprisingly, I found a great model that works right here in Washington. In Marysville, the mayor there implemented a common-sense policy that is both directly effective and yet reasonably compassionate.
Homelessness and vagrancy is not legal in Marysville. So people are given the option to 1) seek addiction help or help getting off the streets, 2) go to jail or 3) leave. There are only 3 options.
We cannot allow our communities to devolve into chaos and lawlessness, and as Governor I will use every tool available to me to get municipalities and counties on board with taking this approach. When I’m Governor, we’ll finally having someone steering Washington who truly cares about its people, and truly wants our communities to thrive. Inslee has basically encouraged homelessness, and his taxes, job-killing economic policies and his anti-scientific lockdown have caused more people to become homeless.
Turning the tide on homelessness will be one of my first and highest priorities as Governor.
Tim is proud that Washington produces some of the cleanest energy in the world. In no way would he want to do what Inslee wants and jeopardize our cheap, clean energy by ripping out our dams. Excessive carbon emission standards hurt working class citizens whose living expenses are driven up because of them. Better management of public lands can help prevent uncontrolled fires that present a danger to the public and our environment. Better predator management can help restore our salmon, and making hunting a constitutionally-protected right would go a long way toward achieving that.
Life is precious, and it’s important we choose leaders who acknowledge that. Tim has a beautiful tradition of adoption in his family – Tim was adopted, his father was adopted and his three children are adopted. From childhood on, he always wanted to adopt a child.
But when he and his wife, Karen, had difficulty conceiving, adoption was an obvious choice. He’s gotten to know his birth parents, and has done his best to involve his kids’ birth parents in their lives.
Tim sees adoption as a beautiful celebration of how precious human life is. It is a powerful option that, if made easier for women and those seeking a child, is a beautiful solution to one of society’s most difficult problems, and a great way to promote the protection of the unborn.
Tim is proud that he has earned an A from the National Rifle Association. His long-time friend, adviser and mentor is Alan Gottlieb, founder of the 2nd Amendment Foundation.
As far as local gun issues goes, with I-1639, long before it made the ballot, Tim worked with the 2A Foundation to keep it off the ballot. He kept winning each round in court, but the anti-gun group kept appealing until they got to the WA Supreme Court, and there the liberals let it on the ballot.
After Inslee locked down the state, Tim was alerted to gun ban ordinances on the books in several cities that would ban the sales, transfer and even possession of guns during a state of emergency. He led supporters to challenge it in Bellingham. They wouldn’t remove it, but Tim forced public commitment the mayor wouldn’t enforce it. However, when he led supporters to Edmonds to fight the same ordinance, he built enough pressure for them to remove it.
After that, Inslee shut down all businesses and gun stores were labeled “non-essential.” Tim, known for massive petition drives, started a petition to back gun store owners who were willing to defy Inslee. The goal was to force a lawsuit that Inslee would be destined to lose. The result, Tim built enough public pressure that gave gun shop owners cover, nearly all defied Inslee anyway, and no gun store owner has yet to be penalized for remaining open.
As governor, Tim will veto any challenge to our 2nd Amendment