Voters support supermajority for tax increases

November 13, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

The measure backed by anti-tax advocate Tim Eyman, Initiative 1185, reinforces existing state law requiring any tax increases imposed by the Legislature to receive approval from a two-thirds majority in each legislative chamber or approved by a majority of voters.

The measure requires majority legislative approval for additional or increased fees.

Washington voters approved a two-thirds legislative majority for taxes in 1993, 1998, 2007 and 2010. The measure on the Nov. 6 ballot garnered support from more than 60 percent of voters statewide.

“After five public votes and five public approvals, the people have earned the right to vote on a two-thirds for taxes constitutional amendment,” Eyman and initiative cosponsor Mike Fagan said in a statement. “Over and over and over and over and over again the people have voted for this critical protection. They’ve approved it in good times and bad. Over the past 20 years, the taxpayers have clearly proven they want this protection.”

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