Washington State tax hikes coming with new bill, next Thurs to be voted on.
What gets me mad is the fact that this is not front page news in the Seattle Times or PI.
How can the people do anything if they are not aware of the changes coming?
Amending I-960 first step to taxes, Senate: Bill would suspend two-thirds majority provision
The Senate bill will get a hearing today in the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and the full Senate could vote on it as soon as next week. It would loosen what Sen. Lisa Brown has called a “straitjacket” for budget writers who face a $2.2 billion shortfall once potential new federal aid is factored in.
Brown played down the significance of amending a voter-approved initiative, telling reporters during a weekly briefing that it was more a question of “what kind of budget are we writing. Does it reflect our values? Did we protect the right things?”
Because two years have passed since sponsor Tim Eyman won voter passage of I-960 in 2007, majority Democrats can amend it with a simple majority vote, while protecting vulnerable members from having to vote. Eyman has been readying for the repeal, and is pushing Initiative 1053 to reinstate the two-thirds tax vote requirement in January 2011
And Hunter said I-960 is unworkable.
“People who voted for I-960 voted in principle for transparency, fiscal restraint and accountability,” he said in a news release. “But I-960 in practice is an impenetrable roadblock to thoughtful, reasoned governing. Not only does it keep us from making sensible fixes to our tax code, the two-thirds majority requirement leads to the worst kind of politicking and vote-trading, as witnessed in national efforts to pass health care reform, or in efforts to pass a budget in California where a two-thirds majority is required.”
It is always the people that want to raise taxes that complain about the 2/3 majority for a budget. I am in Calif. and I am glad we have a requirement for a 2/3 majority to pass a budget. Spending needs to be cut not taxes raised.
Thanks for the “heads up”.
I read about this bill a few weeks ago, and I’m just not surprised.
The plan from our leadership here seems to be “Make everything cost prohibitive”.
From business and commerce to misdirected priorities, our state is going to hell in a handcart.
The future for might will probably lie outside Washington State, which pains me because I’m fiercely loyal to the Pac. NW, and have a tremendous love and respect for the cultures that formed it, the natural beauty and the environmental diversity.
Seems as if those things are dramatically less important than expanding the Seattle Metroplex, maintaining the broken status quo, and building more casinos.
(Sigh is the new Cheers)
“They” always want fewer shackles on them (and 2/3 majority is a shackle). It is just their nature. “They” really just have your best interest in mind. Let them help you.
It is not widely distributed and discussed publicly because “they” fear the results of such a discussion. God help them if common sense should be brought into the equation.
Compared to the problems we have in Calif. I was thinking that Washington was sounding pretty good but now I think maybe not. It would be just exchanging a really bad situation here for a bad situation there.