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  • Advisory votes, cost on the rise

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will be asked in November what they think about five tax increases. What legislators do with that knowledge is pretty much up to them, because the …


  • Spin Control: Fast-and-furious memos do no good

    Transparency in government is a great ideal, but like so many things it can be somewhat less than ideal in practice. Take, for example, the edict of Initiative 960 that …


  • ‘People’s will’ reigns in lawmakers’ locution

    OLYMPIA – Three weeks of debate over suspending Initiative 960 can be distilled to this: If you change an initiative, you are crushing the will of the people. Not if …


  • Governor signs I-960 suspension

    OLYMPIA – There was no drama, but plenty of theatrics, as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Wednesday making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes. Gregoire signed a …


  • Gregoire approves suspension of anti-tax law

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a measure that will temporarily suspend the tax-limiting constraints placed on lawmakers by voter-approved Initiative 960.


  • Senate OKs curb on I-960 for third time

    OLYMPIA – For the third time in three weeks, the state Senate voted to suspend a state law that requires a two-thirds majority for any tax increase. The arguments from …


  • House votes to suspend I-960

    OLYMPIA – Debate over the need for supermajorities to raise taxes stretched into its second night Wednesday in the House of Representatives and invoked everything from the Gospel to the …


  • Senate votes to suspend I-960

    Over vocal objections from Republicans, Senate Democrats suspended all provisions of Initiative 960 through July 1, 2011.


  • Senators wrangle into night on I-960

    OLYMPIA – The Senate was forced to work late into the night to fix a self-inflicted problem in the Democrats’ key bill thus far this legislative session. After voting Tuesday …


  • Senate suspends part of I-960

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature would be able to raise taxes this session and next with a simple majority vote under a bill approved Tuesday in the state Senate. In the …


  • Wash. Senate OKs lowering hurdle for tax raises

    The Legislature would be able to raise taxes this session and next with a simple majority vote under a bill approved Tuesday in the state Senate.


  • Panel OKs tax increase reform

    OLYMPIA – A plan that would make it easier to raise taxes cleared a key Senate panel Monday and is ready for its first full floor debate. Republicans on the …


  • Constitutionality of I-960 debated

    OLYMPIA – Changing rules for tax increases imposed by voters in 2007 would either flout the will of the people or restore majority rule to the Legislature, a Senate panel …


  • Citizens’ tax curb on block

    OLYMPIA – Senate leaders want to make it easier for state lawmakers to raise taxes. Democrats will begin a move today to suspend the supermajority required to raise taxes that …


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