Wash. plan would put anti-tax rule in Constitution

Wash. plan would put anti-tax rule in Constitution

Credit: KING

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 10:25 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state senators are considering a proposal that would enshrine an anti-tax rule in the Washington Constitution.
 
A Senate committee held a public hearing Tuesday on a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes. Lawmakers are exploring the issue a year after the state Supreme Court found a voter-approved version of the two-thirds rule to be unconstitutional.
 
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman says voters have a right to consider the amendment after approving the tax rule multiple times at the ballot. Social services lobbyist Nick Federici says a constitutional amendment is an excessive approach.
 
The measure is sponsored by most of the Republicans in the Senate. Many Democrats oppose the amendment.

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