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June 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Initiative 1053 -- two-thirds tax approval requirement -- ruled unconstitutional

Two-thirds vote is a job killer

The King County Superior Court’s ruling that Initiative 1053 is unconstitutional was a first step toward restoring Washington’s ability to act decisively to create jobs and build a strong economy.

I-1053, which requires a two-thirds legislative vote to raise taxes — instead of the simple majority we use to decide all other legislation as well as elections — gave too much power to too few. Just 17 legislators out of 147 could block the will of the majority.

This is about more than process. The impact of I-1053 on beleaguered Washingtonians was brutal. The state’s response to the worst recession in a lifetime was huge cuts in education, transportation, health care and other building blocks of a strong economy — instead of a balanced approach that also includes revenues.

If the state Supreme Court upholds the ruling, maybe we can go back to making the kinds of investments that made Washington a great state in which to live, raise a family and run a business. In its June 1 editorial [“State Supreme Court should support I-1053”], The Seattle Times opposed the ruling, saying I-1053 placed needed restraints on the Legislature. But requiring a majority vote already is a restraint. Demanding a two-thirds vote, as we’ve seen, is a job-killing disaster.

— Remy Trupin, executive director, Washington State Budget & Policy Center, Seattle

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How can anyone say a vote of the people is unconstitutional? Because our state and... MORE
When in history has tax increases ever created jobs??? MORE
it appears that one third of 147 is 49 bet the author went to Evergreen College MORE

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