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Tag: i-1053

June
2nd

Voting D and taxing R won’t work without Initiative 1053

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Behind the legal kerfluffle over Initiative 1053 lies a political paradox.

The initiative, which forbids the Legislature to raise taxes without a two-thirds majority, was struck down Wednesday in King County Superior Court. Judge Bruce E. Heller said it violated language in the Washington Constitution calling for a simple majority on tax measures; this, he said, implicitly bars a requirement for anything more than a simple majority.

That’s an intriguing argument, and it’s easy to envision the state Supreme Court – dominated by Democrats – agreeing with him.

Which gets us to

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