LEV goes to court to overturn initiative

From the League of Education Voters:

100817085339_kids-classroomToday, the League of Education Voters – along with the Washington Education Association, lawmakers, parents and taxpayers – filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1053. The initiative imposes a supermajority vote in the state Legislature to raise revenues or close tax loopholes. LEV is asking the court to rule that the supermajority requirement is unconstitutional.

LEV is challenging the constitutionality of I-1053 because it hamstrings the ability of our elected officials to uphold their paramount duty to invest in the quality public schools our children need to succeed in life.

Even to close outdated tax loopholes, I-1053 requires a two-thirds vote. But the constitution sets the rules for the legislature, and it requires a simple majority to raise taxes or close loopholes. As long as I-1053 goes unchallenged, a minority of legislators can block the will of the majority.

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