Rep. Vick responds to Supreme Court’s decision on taxpayer protections


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Rep. Vick responds to Supreme Court's decision on taxpayer protections

Today the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on a case challenging the two-thirds requirement of the Legislature to raise taxes. The court invalidated the two-thirds requirement while being somewhat unclear about the requirement for tax increases to go to a vote of the people.

Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, assistant ranking Republican on the House Business and Financial Services Committee issued the following statement about the state Supreme Court's ruling on taxpayer protections:

“Sixty-four percent of Washington citizens supported the prerequisite two-thirds vote of the Legislature to increase taxes. The voters in the 18th District felt even more strongly – with 71 percent of constituents supporting this requirement. And, this is not the first time. Washingtonians have supported a supermajority, or two-thirds, vote to pass tax increases five times. The constant threat of new and higher taxes creates instability for consumers and businesses and is hurting our economy.

“Our communities cannot afford to be further taxed and have let the Legislature know that. To ask more of hardworking tax payers is unacceptable. Yet, today's ruling may do just that. It could also halt the progress House Republicans have made towards a sustainable budget.

“With the decision today the state court demonstrated that it is not listening to our citizens. Just as a one-party controlled Legislature has not listened for years. The people want bipartisan agreement in order to raise taxes and as representatives of the people we must ensure that they have a voice. We can still uphold the will of the people, and I am working to do so by co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 4206 to put the two-thirds requirement in the constitution once and for all.”

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