Opinion

Democrats thumb their noses at voters again

It’s galling for Democrats in Olympia to not just get rid of Initiative 960’s two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases, but also its “sunshine” transparency policies.

The two-thirds legislative vote requirement for state government to increase taxes has been approved by voters three times (1993, 1998, 2007) and it’s withstood two court challenges — most recently, a unanimous state Supreme Court decision.

But they’ve arrogantly gone further. No more 10-year cost projections on bills increasing taxes and fees, exempting revenue-raising bills from being sent to the media or interested citizens, and an end to telling the public how legislators voted.

The abuse of the emergency clause will no longer be deterred. Under I-960, if the Legislature jacks up taxes and then slaps an emergency clause on the bill removing the people’s right to do a referendum, the people are at least given an opportunity to express their opinion on it in the November election with an advisory vote.

And two pages are set aside in the November voters pamphlet telling the public how legislators voted on the “emergency” tax increase.

Their actions make it clear they have no interest in hearing the voters’ opinions and are dead set against letting the voters know how legislators voted.

Three times the voters have approved the two-thirds provision. It shouldn’t take a fourth vote to get them to listen.

Tim Eyman is a Mukilteo resident and author of Initiative 960.

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