Judge rejects most of legal challenge to Eyman’s I-976

SEATTLE (AP) — A King County Superior Court judge has rejected most of a legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976, but the measure remains on hold pending further arguments. Judge Marshall Ferguson on Wednesday said King County and a coalition of Washington cities had failed to show the $30 car tab measure was unconstitutional. However, the judge reserved ruling on two issues: whether the initiative impairs the contracting authority of the city of Burien, and on whether a requirement that car valuations be based on Kelley Blue Book values illegally favors a private company. Officials say the measure would gut transportation budgets.