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March 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

State Supreme Court strikes down two-thirds law on taxing

Seattle voters pay for service demands The March 1 editorial on the state Supreme Court decision left the impression that Seattle voters are uniquely pointy-headed tax-lovers [“Two-thirds law dumped, but sentiment remains,” Opinion]. Do you miss the obvious — that Seattle voters are simply willing to pay for the services we demand? Perhaps voters in other…

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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…

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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 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…

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