Open Government

WPC's Center for Government Reform's mission is to partner with stakeholders and citizens to work toward a government focused on its core functions while improving its transparency, accountability, performance, and effectiveness for taxpayers.

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Senate rejects supermajority for taxes constitutional amendment

February 5, 2014 in Blog

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).

Eye on Olympia

February 5, 2014 in In the News
KVEW TV
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KVEW TV
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Let voters decide on supermajority for tax increases

February 5, 2014 in Publications

This Op/Ed was published in The News Tribune on February 4, 2014. 

Last February, the Washington Supreme Court in a 6-3 ruling overturned the five-time voter-approved requirement that tax increases receive a supermajority vote of the Legislature or voter approval.

Anatomy of a Budget Gimmick – Circumventing the State Spending Limit

February 3, 2014 in Publications

Introduction

Governor/Speaker receive open government awards

January 30, 2014 in Blog

Governor Inslee and Speaker Chopp received awards from the Washington Coalition for Open Government this week (WPC serves on the WCOG board). Inslee received the Key Award for his pledge not to use executive privilege to deny public records requests.

Will voters get sixth shot at supermajority for taxes?

January 29, 2014 in In the News
Gateline.com: The Peninsula Gateway
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Gateline.com: The Peninsula Gateway
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sen. Hewitt's Eastsider's Report

January 28, 2014 in In the News
Walla Walla Tea Party
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Walla Walla Tea Party
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Friday, January 24, 2014

SJR 8213: Amending the Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to raise taxes

January 27, 2014 in Publications

Introduction

In February 2013, the State Supreme Court in a 6-3 ruling overturned the five-time voter approved requirement for tax increases to receive a supermajority vote of the Legislature or voter approval. In the past, when the Court has invalidated a law passed by the people, the Legislature has sought to implement what the people want (Initiative 695 reducing car tab costs and Initiative 747 limiting property tax increases are recent examples).

Will voters get sixth shot at supermajority for taxes?

January 27, 2014 in Blog

How would you define the undisputed will of voters? Is it passing in every county of the state? Is it passing in 44 of the state's 49 legislative districts (90%)?