NAME: Tim Eaves
OFFICE SOUGHT: Representative, 41st District
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Issaquah
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Vice-President and co-owner of Metal Masters Northwest, Inc. in Lynnwood
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Sales engineer for hydraulics supplier; Independent consulting engineer; Design engineer for Genie Industries.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING VOTERS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
It’s the profligate spending of Legislature. The inability to balance budgets. Education is also an issue that’s directly related to the budgeting issue. Education is the paramount duty of the state and the Supreme Court says we have to spend more.
IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?
I will look at the budget and see how it is we prioritize things. As it is, I don’t think we priortitize anything. We need to look at prioritizing spending, we need to look at where the revenues come from, and look at how we can increase revenues without increasing tax rates. We need to be getting businesses back their feet, which are taxed and regulated.
Raising taxes does not help the business environment. We need to concentrate on reducing regulations to help business ... For examplee, the B&O tax needs a complete overhaul, among other issues.
DO YOU SUPPORT/OPPOSE REFERENDUM 74: SHOULD GAY MARRIAGE BE LEGAL IN WASHINGTON? BRIEFLY, WHY?
I am going to vote against R-74. My reason is when it comes down to marriage the state has a vested interest in heterosexual marriages, creating new little taxpayers. I cannot see how it is in the state’s interest to create marriage for homosexual couples.
That is my personal view, if it passes, I will assume that is the will of the people and will not to do anything to over turn the will of the people in the legislature.
DO YOU SUPPORT/OPPOSE, INITIATIVE 502 TO MAKE SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA LEGAL TO PEOPLE 21 AND OLDER? BRIEFLY, WHY?
I am opposed to the initiative because I think it will put us in direct conflict with federal law, and unless that changes, I think it’s best to remain in the status quo.