January 31, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 41

Emphasis on taxpayer protections is among the Legislature’s top priorities

Guest Commentary

One of the things I continually hear when traveling around the 9th Legislative District is this: “Joe, when are politicians in Olympia going to understand the ‘will of the people’ when it comes to raising taxes?” 

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Unfortunately, my answer is usually this: I wish I knew. 

Voters have repeatedly told Olympia through the initiative process that they want it difficult – not impossible – to raise taxes. The idea of requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature or a vote of the people in order to raise taxes provides the public – the people paying the state’s bills – with so...

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