Senate rejects supermajority for taxes constitutional amendment
The Senate voted today to reject SJR 8213: Amending the Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to raise taxes. The proposal failed to receive the votes necessary for passage with a 25-21 vote (33 votes were needed).
Judging solely from the legislative district vote breakdown for I-1185 in 2012, if lawmakers had supported the vote of their constituents, SJR 8213 would have easily received enough votes to move forward to the ballot. I-1185 was approved in 44 of the state's 49 legislative districts (90%).
For the past 20 years, voters have consistently said they want their lawmakers to reach a broad consensus on the need to raise taxes or to include the voters directly in the decision. Although the Supreme Court invalidated this taxpayer protection as ordinary law, its ruling did not negate the fact that on five separate occasions the voters have demanded this requirement.
It is disappointing not enough members of the Legislature trust the people with the right to make this decision for themselves.