Join us Thursday at1 p.m. on the Politics Northwest blog for a live chat on Initiative 1185. If passed by voters, the initiative would continue earlier efforts requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. This initiative is a son — or cousin — of previous initiatives passed by voters over the years to require a high threshold for tax increases. The measures were proposed by initiative proponent Tim Eyman.
Participating in discussion will be state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who calls himself a leading voice in Olympia for fiscal and policy reforms. Ericksen is currently trying to find bi-partisan support for a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. Ericken believes that the threshold is necessary to focus the legislature on the quality and costs of the services the government provides to the public.
Also with us at 1 p.m. will be Doug MacDonald, former secretary of transportation for Washington state from 2001 to 2007. MacDonald is retired and lives in Seattle. He has been a spokesperson against earlier initiatives proposed by Eyman, including measures that would have eliminated restrictions in high-occupancy vehicle lanes on highways in our state. MacDonald fought another initiative that would have banned variable tolling at different times of the day.
The chat is focused on reader questions. Feel free to send those in advance to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Times’ reporter Andrew Garber will participate from Olympia. I will be the moderator.
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