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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Lawmakers should listen to voters on taxes

Vote is justified by Seattle’s population

Regarding the editorial of Sunday March 10 [“Lawmakers should heed voters on decisions about taxes,” Opinion], I seem to be confused about how state representation works. Could you help clear this up for me?

My understanding is that legislative districts are roughly figured on the basis of population and Seattle is the most populous part of the state. We hear a lot of grumbling from places outside of the Seattle Metro area on a wide range of political topics on a regular basis and this one seems to be no different. Seattle has more people and the rest of the state has acreage.

Isn’t that democratic, people vote and land doesn’t — unless someone is rigging the system?

–Richard Darby, Seattle

Comments | More in Seattle, State initiatives, Taxes, Tim Eyman, Washington Legislature | Topics: Initiative 1185, supermajority

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