Instead of looking for more places to cut spending, the legislature has voted to suspend I-960, the taxpayer initiative that required a 2/3 majority vote to increase taxes, and also forced the legislature to address the cost to the taxpayers of any proposed legislation.
Suspending the measure came on a simple majority vote, and means that the Democratic-controlled legislature couldn't muster a 2/3 majority that agreed there aren't more spending cuts to be made before raising taxes in the worst economic times since the Great Depression.
Local legislators voting to suspend the measure and clear the way for raising your taxes, were all the electeds from the 23rd District, Representatives Sherry Appleton, Christine Rolfes and Senator Phil Rockefeller, along with 35th District Representative Kathy Haigh.
Voting against the suspension of 1-960, and respecting the majority of voters statewide who passed anti-spending initiatives for the third time in recent years, were Senators Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) and Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch), along with 26th District Representatives Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard), Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor), and 35th District Representative Fred Finn (D-Olympia).
Remember in November...