Republicans call for action on tax protection; Democrats decline


Legislator: Rep. Ed Orcutt
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Republican lawmakers on the House floor today called for immediate vote on legislation that would make it harder for the legislature to raise taxes.  Majority Democrats refused to allow the measure to come to the floor for a vote.  Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.

Johnson: House Joint Resolution 4215 would refer a state constitutional amendment to the November ballot.  It would require a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate for any tax increase.


Orcutt: “Mr. Speaker, six times…six times the people have said they want a 2/3 vote requirement.  And the most recent time, Mr. Speaker, was last fall.  They said they want it embedded in the constitution.” 

Johnson: Rep. Ed Orcutt, a Republican from Kalama, sought to accelerate action on that measure, but majority Democrats blocked the effort. The measure comes as a direct response to recent ruling by a King county judge declaring I-1366 unconstitutional.

Ruth Johnson, Olympia.

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