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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Two-thirds tax-approval law thrown out

Stronger opinion needed

What a wimpish reaction The Seattle Times editorial board voiced to the state Supreme Court’s wise 6-3 ruling that it’s unconstitutional to require a two-third vote in the Legislature to raise taxes [“Two-thirds law dumped, but sentiment remains,” Opinion, March 1].

The board’s strongest opinion, apparently, is that lawmakers and the governor would be in big trouble with the public if they raised taxes by a simple majority vote. Well, so what?

Does the editorial board have no opinion on the merits of the current two-thirds requirement? If you favor it, then say so. If not, then say that. Quit mincing around the bush!

–David Behrendt, Edmonds

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