SEATTLE -- Tim Eyman won another big anti-tax victory during these week’s election. But a legal challenge from opponents has already begun. They claim that Initiative 1366 violates the state’s Constitution.
Do they have a case? Well, see what you think. But let’s start by reviewing what the people passed on Tuesday.
Here are the basic elements of I-1366:
Now that seems like it should be OK, to put some fire under legislators to reinstate the supermajority requirement that use to exist. But here is the potential problem:
So, what do you think? Does citizen Initiative 1366 change the Constitution or just give legislators a choice?
Opponents argue that citizens threatening lawmakers into passing a constitutional amendment is the same thing as citizens passing a constitutional amendment. Eyman says no way. The Legislature doesn’t have to do anything. They can just live with a lower sales tax, although that would cost the state a lot of revenue.
A court will have the final say in the next few months.