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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What Tim Eyman's 2/3 Majority Requirement Has Wrought

Posted by on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Later this morning, King County Superior Court Judge Bruce E. Heller will rule on the constitutionality of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1053, which demands a 2/3 majority vote in Olympia before any new revenue can be raised. As we wait for the ruling, let's look at what I-1053 has brought us so far, according to the Washington State Budget & Policy Center:

The law’s impact is abundantly clear: In just three year years, vital economic investments have been cut by more than $10.6 billion. Meanwhile, state spending on special-interest tax breaks—many with dubious economic value—has grown.

Why? Because the supermajority requirement enshrined a deeply distorted budget process that gives an excessive amount of power to a small minority of legislators.

Some of the specific results: 25,000 parents without childcare or assistance finding a job; 50,000 seniors unable to pay for prescription medications; 60,000 people dropped from Basic Health; and tuition at public universities rising by as much as 20 percent a year." And that's just the tip of the iceberg..."


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Love how they reverse 'investment' and 'state spending' (along with the long-proved bogus $10 billion number).

Always fun watching this mouthpiece for the SEIU trying to use grown up language, and failing.

Now run along, you'll never win the tax issue in Washington State, the people have spoken loudly and clearly, many times. They neither want nor need your nanny state.
Posted by Sugartit on May 30, 2012 at 6:14 AM · Report this
If the Legislature weren't so cowardly, both chambers would pass a resolution saying that, as a matter of procedure, the word "majority" in the state Constitution would be interpreted as meaning "simple majority." According to the state Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Owen, given in 2008 about Eyman's I-960, the Court would refuse to interfere with this.

Yeah, I ain't holding my breath that Chopp or Owen will grow a backbone any time soon either.
Posted by TechBear on May 30, 2012 at 6:25 AM · Report this
"the Legislature weren't so cowardly"

By that, you mean that they understand what the people of Washington State want as expressed repeatedly at the ballot box? Why do you hate democracy?

Posted by Sugartit on May 30, 2012 at 6:35 AM · Report this
Have we really been living a well-controlled experiment so that we can make causal inference re I-1053? Interesting. I was under the impression that other stuff was going on in the world almost simultaneously.
Posted by BLUE on May 30, 2012 at 6:43 AM · Report this
Posted by crymeariverasshole on May 30, 2012 at 7:07 AM · Report this
internet_jen 6
Taxes and tax-breaks should only get a 4 - 8 year lifespan, the legislatures should have stand up and vote yes or no, repeatedly, instead of coasting along with the ability to say "my hands are tied, it's already written into law". Special interests would have to also win over the public who votes these people in every two years, rather than just buying off a few candidates once and getting their tax-code of choice for life.

Posted by internet_jen on May 30, 2012 at 7:18 AM · Report this
internet_jen 7
Heh, then we just need go get voter participation up
Posted by internet_jen on May 30, 2012 at 7:19 AM · Report this

The real problem is Gregoire grew a government 5 times the growth of population.

Now someone has to pay them.

And they want that someone to be you.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 30, 2012 at 7:32 AM · Report this
@8 By 'they' do you mean SEIU mafia goons?
Posted by Sugartit on May 30, 2012 at 7:41 AM · Report this
More investment for more overpriced SUV hybrids!!!

-- starve the beast
Posted by bornhere on May 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM · Report this
"Taxes and tax-breaks should only get a 4 - 8 year lifespan"

Unlike nanny state welfare programs which only grow and grow and grow and never seem to die.
Posted by Sugartit on May 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM · Report this
hey sugartit:

the ballot box that counts is the one in which the people approved the state constitution.

yes, constitutions sometimes tell a majority of people they can't do something, in this case, you can't amend it contrary to the provisions for that in the constitution.

you say a majority voted for 1/3 minority rule. so what stops a majority from voting that there should be 4/5 vote for any laws, or in fact, unanimity? your refusal to answer indicates the utter stupidity of your position, legally.

morally you're a power hungry junta enabler, as your position amounts to an illegal takeover of the state by the minority blocking anylaw that could be passed with 51%. somehow you trumpet the ballot box as supporting your junta. doesn't matter. hitler got a plurality, doesn't make what he did legal or right.

once you abandon the constitution there's no law at all, and yes, the democrats who every year refuse to IGNORE AND DISOBEY this blatantly illegal junta law passed by an illegal junta are total cowards who should each resign in shame.
Posted by backing the junta on May 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
@12 Hitler?

Nice one!
Posted by Mr. Godwin on May 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this

"This is a victory, let's all celebrate it."

It's a victory when it's upheld. It's a victory when Olympia politicians think they can vote against the interests and beliefs of the majority of the state (unlikely outside of Cap Hill). It's a victory when you can pass taxes that punish higher income earners.

In other words, you're confusing your mental masturbation with actual sex.
Posted by Taxelicious on May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@6 for the win.

Tim E for the whine. Move to Idaho already, Tim baby.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
ChadK 16
@ 15 - Perhaps Sugartit can join him.
Posted by ChadK on May 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM · Report this

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