Bill Bryant’s Statement Regarding the Courts Striking Down I-1366

Today, Bill Bryant responded to the overturning of I-1366 by the King County Superior Court.

The measure, approved by voters in November, would have cut the sales tax unless the Legislature allowed a public vote on an amendment that would require a two-thirds supermajority for future tax increases.

The courts have once again trampled on the will of the people of Washington State. Six times since 1993 voters have approved a 2/3-majority requirement to raise taxes and each time Olympia has overturned the people's will. I supported the 2/3rd tax approval initiative and will continue to support it. Yes it's a blunt instrument, but it is going to take a blunt instrument to get Olympia practicing fiscal discipline, respecting taxpayers’ money and setting priorities. 

Mike Foster