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March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

State Supreme Court ends two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases

Sen. Ed Murray works for the state, not a political party

While responding to Thursday's ruling by the state Supreme Court that requiring two-thirds vote by the Legislature to raise taxes was unconstitutional, Sen. Pam Roach, center, wears her thoughts on her shirt. Amber Carter, left, director of tax policies for the Association of Washington Businesses and Sen. Don Benton, right, are also pictured. (JOHN LOK/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

While responding to Thursday’s ruling by the state Supreme Court that requiring two-thirds vote by the Legislature to raise taxes was unconstitutional, Sen. Pam Roach, center, wears her thoughts on her shirt. Amber Carter, left, director of tax policies for the Association of Washington Businesses and Sen. Don Benton, right, are also pictured. (JOHN LOK/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

How can Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray say the state Supreme Court’s overturning the two-thirds voting requirement protects us from the tyranny of the minority [“Raising taxes gets easier — and politically harder,” page one, March 1]?

The voters last November approved it by 64 percent. Sen. Murray, that is a majority!

Murray shows the public his lack of understanding of his duty. He works for the citizens of the state of Washington, not a political party.

What a shame the political process of the state Supreme Court has fallen to this level.

–Leo M. Riley, Bellevue

Government programs need tax money

People want roads, bridges, public transportation, public schools, police protection, social services and other government programs, but they don’t want to pay for any of it. They vote for Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiatives and scream when asked to pay road tolls.

By voting for anti-tax initiatives and candidates, they risk turning our highways into parking lots, our kids into losers and our cities into encampments for the homeless and mentally ill.

Moreover, they irrationally vote against their own self-interest, because Washington state has the most regressive tax system in the nation, but we have no high earners’ state income tax.

–Don Smith, Bellevue

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