You know that “simple” majority for tax increases the Washington Supreme Court upheld last week? It’s not all that simple
In trying to clarify the intent of the Washington State Constitution regarding the number of votes needed to pass laws, including tax-increases, the members of the state Supreme Court might have misused one of the key phrases in both the decision and one of the dissents.
That is, is a simple majority REALLY what the constitution requires to pass such bills? And was the use of that phrase accurate, especially in that it was used to describe two very different vote requirements – i.e. a majority of those elected to each house AND a majority of those present when a …