This conversation is adapted from an email correspondence with Jason Mercier, Director — Center for Government Reform at the Washington Policy Center

Washington Policy Center:

“Do you support allowing the people to vote on a constitutional amendment to require a supermajority vote in the legislature to raise taxes?

Brendan Woodward:

“Absolutely.”

Washington Policy Center:

“During the past 20 years voters have enacted this policy five times as ordinary state law, but not as part of the state constitution:
• 2012: Initiative 1185 – Required supermajority vote or voter approval for tax increases (64% yes)
• 2010: Initiative 1053 – Required supermajority vote or voter approval for tax increases (64% yes)
• 2007 Initiative 960 – Required supermajority vote or voter approval for tax increases (51% yes)
• 1998: Referendum 49 – Affirmed provisions of 1993 Initiative 601 (57% yes)
• 1993: Initiative 601 – Required supermajority vote for tax increases (51% yes)
Although the voters have consistently approved this tax policy, the State Supreme Court has ruled that to be enacted it must be adopted as a constitutional amendment.

Would you vote in the legislature in support of a constitutional amendment that would allow the people of Washington to vote on whether or not to adopt a supermajority vote requirement for tax increases?

Brendan Woodward:

“Yes, I would vote in favor of this measure. The people of Washington do not want the State Legislature to raise taxes except with an overwhelming consensus.”