Stories tagged: supermajority
Thu., Nov. 5, 2015
Editorial: Supreme Court should quickly take up case on legality of I-1366
A legal challenge to the budget-smashing Initiative 1366 should be pursued as soon as possible.
Sun., Oct. 11, 2015
Editorial: I-1366 a surefire way to gridlock, or education cuts
Tim Eyman’s latest budget-exploding initiative could be his worst. It could also be his last. Voters should send it to a resounding defeat.
Sun., Feb. 9, 2014
Spin Control: The will of the people not always worth a law
OLYMPIA – For about 30 minutes last week, the Senate rang with debate on an issue at the very heart of our democratic republic. The resolution at hand was a …
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Ben Stuckart allowed to assign Spokane City Council duties
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will soon be handing out duties to the city’s six other council members. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to give Stuckart …
Fri., March 1, 2013
Vestal: If supermajority votes govern, a minority rules
“If a pertinacious minority can controul the opinion of a majority respecting the best mode of conducting it; the majority in order that something may be done, must conform to …
Fri., March 1, 2013
Washington Supreme Court rejects tax initiative
OLYMPIA – Legislators have waited months for the Washington Supreme Court to answer a political question that has roiled the state for two decades: Can voters force them to round …
Wed., Feb. 27, 2013
For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate
OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, …
Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
Why doesn’t this tax plan require a supermajority?
Last year, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1185, a measure requiring supermajority votes of two-thirds to raise taxes in the Legislature. Voters approved I-1185 with a not-quite-supermajority of 63.9 percent.
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
Voters to decide whether 5-2 split needed on taxes
Spokane’s Proposition 2 is a way to ensure strong consensus on important issues or a strategy for a minority to seize control from the majority. That’s the debate among Spokane …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
Council mulls supermajority requirement
It could soon get harder for Spokane city leaders to raise taxes. The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider whether to ask voters if raising tax rates should require …
Sat., Aug. 25, 2012
Disputed analysis of I-1185 will stay
OLYMPIA – The fiscal note on the latest initiative requiring a supermajority in the Legislature for tax increases will remain in the state voters’ guide, even though it is different …
Fri., June 1, 2012
Government of the many, by the few
Is the supermajority constitutional? A judge in King County said no this week, ruling that Initiative 1053, which requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise any tax, violated …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2010
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 …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, 6:04 p.m.
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.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010
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 …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2010
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 …