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State Supreme Court Ruling on I-601 Offers Mixed Results for Taxpayers, Open Government Advocates

Olympia – The State Supreme Court today overturned a 2006 Snohomish County Superior Court ruling that found the legislature violated I-601 in 2005 when adopting the 2005-07 budget and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases. I-601, adopted by voters in 1993, established a state spending and tax limit.

State Supreme Court Ruling against I-747 Makes it Easier for Elected Officials to Raise Taxes

Seattle - Today's state Supreme Court ruling is bad news for Washington homeowners.  With one stroke, five judges overturned the clear will of the voters and granted elected officials a 600% increase in taxing authority, now allowing 6% yearly tax hikes instead of I-747's 1% limit.

Washington Policy Center Releases Third Installment of ST2/RTID Ballot Measure Studies

Seattle - The Center for Transportation Policy at Washington Policy Center (WPC), Washington's premier public policy research and education organization, released the third installment of its ongoing coverage of the ST2/RTID ballot measure appearing this November.  

State Supreme Court Should Restore 1% Property Tax Limit

Seattle - Today the state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling invalidating voter-passed Initiative 747, which set a 1% limit on the annual increase in regular property tax collections.

On June 13, 2006 King County Superior Court Judge Mary E. Roberts struck down Initiative 747 property tax limits, paving the way for state and local officials to increase the tax burden by as much as 6% a year.

Sound Transit's decision yesterday to add $6 billion to the proposed roads and transit plan increases total cost to $42 billion

Seattle - Public officials are asking voters to approve a multi-billion dollar roads and transit package in November that would increase the current transportation tax burden by $286, or 22% per family.  Today, Puget Sound families pay an average of at least $1,303 per household per year in transportation taxes. 

New Study Analyzes Property Fairness Initiative 933

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state’s premier public policy, independent research organization, released a new study analyzing Initiative 933, which will appear on the ballot this November. The statewide initiative builds on Oregon’s Measure 37 passed by voters two years ago. “A Citizens Guide to Initiative 933: Property Fairness Initiative” takes a section-by-section look at the wording of I-933 and examines some of the most common critiques of the initiative.

Judge Roberts is Wrong in Overturning I-747

On Tuesday Judge Mary Roberts' overturned voter-approved Initiative 747, property tax limits.

Paul Guppy, Vice President of Research, had the following comment on this case:

Does Oregon's Property Rights Law Measure Up for Washington?

Seattle- Washington Policy Center released a new study today, "Oregon's Measure 37 Property Rights Law, Lessons from the First Eleven Months." Todd Myers, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy for WPC, evaluates the effects of Oregon's Measure 37 and provides a perspective on what Washington citizens might expect if a similar law were to pass in our state. The study is the first comprehensive look at the impact of the Measure in Oregon.

Guide to Initiative 900: Reviewing Government through Performance Audits

Seattle - Washington Policy Center released a new study, Guide to Initiative 900: Reviewing Government through Performance Audits. Policy analyst John Barnes presents a study on Initiative 900, which will appear on the November ballot.

This publication is the final installment in the Center's studies of all 2005 statewide initiatives, and looks closely at Initiative 900 as well as the audit plans passed by the Legislature in HB 1064 and SB 6103 during the 2005 Session.

Doctors vs. Lawyers

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy organization, today released a new study, Overview of Initiatives 330 and 336: Proposals to Reform Washington's Medical Liability Law. Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research at the center, presents research on the implications of Initiatives 330 and 336 in this policy brief. Both initiatives, appearing on the ballot this November, make competing proposals for reforming Washington's medical liability law.