Thursday, May 26, 2011

House Democrats set the stage to sue voters

While the main focus of the just concluded special session was to finally finish work on the state budget and other necessary government reforms, the House Democrats also found time to lay the groundwork to in effect sue the voters over their passage of I-1053. Last November 64% of voters adopted I-1053 and for the fourth time (1993, 1998, 2007 and 2010) ratified a requirement that tax increases require a 2/3 vote. Many legislative opponents of the 2/3 vote requirement believe the restriction to be an unconstitutional obstacle to their ability to raise taxes with a simple majority vote. This is why late Tuesday night (the second to last day of the special session) and before taking action on small things like the capital budget, statutory debt limit and state government consolidation (SB 5931), the House spent 40 minutes to debate a tax increase bill (HB 2078) . . . READ MORE


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