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Court weighs constitutionality of Wash. tax rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court is considering whether to strike down a rule that makes it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.
Justices heard arguments Tuesday from education advocates and the state over a law that requires lawmakers to pass taxes with a two-thirds majority, instead of a simple majority.
Advocates argue that the voter-approved rule has prevented the state from adequately funding education and other areas of government. They believe the state Constitution says lawmakers can pass taxes with a simple majority.
An attorney for the state reminded justices that the measure was approved by a majority of voters.
Voters most recently approved the supermajority rule two years ago and initiative promoter Tim Eyman is asking the public to renew the measure in November.