I’m slipping. The Seattle P-I wrote an editorial critical of an Eyman initiative, and I never mentioned it: “Initiative wrong remedy.”
The Legislature will pass performance audits legislation in the current session, and it has nothing to do with bullying by our friend Timmy. State Auditor Brian Sonntag has been pushing for such legislation for years, and leaders of both parties have committed to passing it.
Sonntag’s office says it’s there, and not in the proposed initiative, that the better prospects lie.
To do what the initiative proposes, Sonntag says, would require his department to “grow to at least four times its current size over the course of the next 10 to 12 years” and it would cost $90 million more every two years. And it would be “ill-advised,” Sonntag’s office says, for the state to conduct performance audits at the local level.
Those tempted to sign the audits initiative would do well to heed the auditor’s advice.
And Eyman would do well to find himself another initiative.