In light of Court’s ruling, Orcutt urges Legislature to pass his constitutional amendment

'If the Court feels the will of the people is inconsistent with our constitution, perhaps it is time we made sure our state constitution is consistent with the will of the people,' says Orcutt

 

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, and the assistant ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the state Supreme Court's ruling on the two-thirds legislative vote requirement to raise taxes:

“Today's ruling by the state Supreme Court is a slap in the face to the hardworking taxpayers in this state who want a high threshold for tax increases.

“The voters have approved some form of taxpayer protections five times in the last 20 years.  Yet their own elected officials succeeded once again in removing these taxpayer protections.  This time, however, instead of killing them on the House or Senate floor, the higher threshold for tax increases was dealt a death blow by the elected Supreme Court Justices.

“The continuing threat of higher taxes and fees to feed the insatiable spending appetite in Olympia creates uncertainty for our employers and hurts our state economy.  Today's ruling does nothing to help the confidence of employers, families and individuals in this state who are struggling to make ends meet yet continue to live with the threat of new or increased taxes and fees.

“I believe the voters have a history of being very clear: they want a high threshold for raising taxes and they are not in the mood to have government impose more taxes and fees on them, regardless of how those taxes and fees are presented. The Democrats passed a slew of tax increases on bottled water, candy, gum and beer a few years ago and dedicated that money toward education – our state's paramount duty – and the voters still repealed the new taxes.

“So, if the Court feels the will of the people is inconsistent with our constitution, perhaps it is time we made sure our state constitution is consistent with the will of the people. The Legislature has the ability and the responsibility to place the Taxpayer Protection Act into the state constitution.  My bill, House Joint Memorial 4206, would do just that and I urge the Legislature to take action.” To read more about House Republicans' proposal to put the two-thirds requirement in the House rules, visit: houserepublicans.wa.gov/news/legislature/amending-rules-for-the-people.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
houserepublicans.wa.gov