Thursday, November 12, 2015

Supreme Court releases reason for allowing vote on I-1366

The State Supreme Court today released the legal reasoning behind its unanimous decision to allow the voters to consider I-1366. The voters approved I-1366 this month. On September 4, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a brief order unanimously allowing Initiative 1366 to appear on the 2015 general election ballot. Opponents had attempted to keep the proposal for voters claiming the policies proposed exceeded the scope of the initiative power . . . READ MORE

Saturday, November 7, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court rejected challenge to state tax restriction

With approval of I-1366, is Washington (once again) on the path to becoming the 18th state in the country with a supermajority for taxes restriction? Currently 17 states have some form of tax increase restriction. Among them is Colorado which has the strictest one requiring voter approval of all tax increases at the state and local level . . . READ MORE

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Are lawmakers ready to represent the people or will they continue to rule over them?

Based on the initial results for I-1366, voters want the opportunity to add to the 20 plus supermajority restrictions already in Washington's constitution. If the vote trend holds, I-1366 will represent the sixth time since 1993 voters will have approved the policy of a supermajority restriction for tax increases. The other times were in 1993, 1998, 2007, 2010, and 2012 . . . READ MORE

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Governor Inslee receives open government award

Earlier this month the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association awarded Governor Inslee with its Walter C. Woodward Freedom’s Light Award. This award recognizes commitment to open government and freedom of the press . . . READ MORE

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Transportation package (bonds) required supermajority vote

Despite receiving support from voters on five separate occasions, most recently passing statewide in every county, in 90% of legislative districts, and with 64% support in 2012, lawmakers have yet to provide voters the opportunity to place a supermajority vote restriction for taxes in the state constitution . . . READ MORE