Sen. Rodney Tom, the renegade Democrat from Medina who has been elevated to majority leader by a mostly Republican coalition, said he would bring a change to Senate rules up for a vote on the floor to reinstate the tax restrictions passed by voters and struck down today by the Supreme Court.
“We’re going to stand behind the will of the people. They’ve been very clear that they want it to be difficult to raise taxes,” Tom said today.
The rule would require a two-thirds supermajority or a public vote to …
The Supreme Court’s ruling today striking down 20-year-old tax handcuffs on the Legislature will likely give new energy to those on both sides of the debate.
Opponents of the two-thirds-for-taxes rules will be able to dust off their wish list of tax breaks to eliminate and taxes to raise.
The job just got easier for all the business and labor groups pushing for a transportation tax package in the Legislature. And education advocates have new hope of being able to find new state revenue to deal with that OTHER Supreme Court ruling: the one that says lawmakers aren’t …
In a landmark ruling 20 years in the making, the Washington State Supreme Court this morning struck down Initiative 1053 as unconstitutional. The court majority said the constitution controls the majority needed for tax hikes and the constitution requires only a majority of the members of the House and Senate.
That means the only way for backers of the so-called super-majority for tax hikes can achieve that goal is to go through the more-burdensome method of amending the constitution which itself requires a two-thirds vote of both houses and then a majority vote of the people.
All eyes are on the Temple of Justice today. The state Supreme Court may issue its decision within moments on Initiative 1053 — either striking down the requirement for lawmakers to find two-thirds supermajorities to raise taxes, upholding the rule, or dodging the issue altogether as it has done in the past.
The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications committee was to receive an 8 a.m. briefing on leaking underground storage tanks at Hanford.
A bill that would require the Department of Corrections to decide which housing providers can receive state housing vouchers for newly released offenders will be
As we reported today, new Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms has yet to obtain a city business license and other permits required for his private, home-based lobbying business.
Thoms, who opened The Navigation Group a year ago, said Monday he thought his business had filed all the necessary paperwork — a task he said he left up to his business partner, John Jolibois, to handle.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Jolibois said the firm hasn’t yet met all of its licensing requirements, in part because neither he nor Thoms have figured out where they will base their business …