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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:36 PM

(Wash.) State Supreme Court throws out two-thirds vote to raise taxes

Source: Seattle Times

The state Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for state lawmakers to increase taxes.

The court, in a 6-3 ruling, decided a state law requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes is unconstitutional.

... This means the Legislature can now pass a tax increase with a simple majority vote in both chambers, plus approval by the governor.

Itís not a given that will happen this session, however. Republicans control the state Senate and oppose any tax increase. And Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has said he would not approve new taxes to balance the budget, although heís indicated heís open to extending existing taxes and increasing taxes for transportation.

Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020453654_supremetwothirdsxml.html

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Newsjock Feb 2013 OP
pnwmom Feb 2013 #1
ErikJ Feb 2013 #2
dreampunk Feb 2013 #4
ErikJ Feb 2013 #6
SeattleVet Feb 2013 #8
ErikJ Feb 2013 #9
Plucketeer Feb 2013 #3
killbotfactory Feb 2013 #5
KT2000 Feb 2013 #7
Dawson Leery Feb 2013 #10

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:40 PM

1. F-U Tim Eyman! And thanks to the League of Education Voters for filing the lawsuit. n/t

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:41 PM

2. Finally! Now maybe they can tax their billionaires

Washington st has THEE #1 most regressive tax system in the country because they have no income tax.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:10 PM

4. HERE HERE! Tax that stinking Eyeman to his stinking eyemanballs!

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Response to dreampunk (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:21 PM

6. Who's Eyeman? I'm an ex-Washingtonian.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:29 PM

8. Tim Eyman, the Initiative scammer

His business is running Initiative campaigns, backed by a few rich curmudgeons (and big oil, for his last campaign).

He got caught a few years ago taking a 'salary' from the money he raised, after denying it, so he turned it into a full-time business.

Most of his Initiatives have failed a court test (a few still stand). He's sometimes called an 'anti-tax populist' in the local birdcage liner media, but he's essentially a scammer who figured out how to make a living by annoying and obstructing the state/county/city governments.

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:33 PM

9. Ah yes, I finally read the article. Trouble-maker

The courtís ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by the League of Education Voters and other groups against Initiative 1053, an initiative sponsored by Tim Eyman in 2010 that reinstated the two-thirds requirement.

Voters first authorized the two-thirds requirement in 1993. They reimposed it in 1998, 2007, 2010 and reaffirmedin 2012, at least in part because of lawmakersí penchant for suspending the requirement to raise more revenue.

Under state law, it takes a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to amend an initiative in the first two years after voters approved it ó a near impossibility given the current makeup of the Legislature. After two years, lawmakers can change voter-approved initiatives with a simple-majority vote. They have done so repeatedly.

Eyman has sponsored new initiatives requiring a two-thirds vote in an effort to stay ahead of the Legislature.

King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller ruled the two-thirds requirement unconstitutional in May. The case was appealed and the Supreme Court heard arguments in September.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:53 PM

3. A glimmer of sanity

Who knew???

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:19 PM

5. Good news.

This is one of those "make it harder to raise taxes? Sounds like a good idea!" things that end up being a terrible idea the minute a minority of state senators decide they are shitheals who oppose the government doing anything of value.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:26 PM

7. Yeah!

How much money is that asshat Eyman going to cost this state with his initiatives anyway.
He needs to go back to school to learn about constitutions.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:57 PM

10. k/r

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