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Gov. Gregoire expected to officially suspend Washington's I-960

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February 24, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire

OLYMPIA, Washington: Today, Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign a bill that proposes suspending Washington's I-960, a measure that was approved by voters in 2007. I-960 required that in order for the Washington State Legislature to raise taxes, the legislature would have to approve any tax increases with a two-thirds supermajority vote or submit tax increase proposals to a statewide vote of the electorate. "To make way for tax increases to help close a $2.6 billion state budget gap and stave off severe cuts to state services," legislators proposed suspending the law.[1] On February 17, 2010 the House approved the temporary suspension of I-960 after a 51-47 vote.[2] Shortly thereafter the Senate voted 26-21 in favor of suspending I-960. The bill now moves to Gov. Gregoire for final approval.[3][4] According to reports the governor was scheduled to sign the bill on February 24 at 10 a.m. PST, however it was pushed back to was moved to 4 p.m.[5]

In an effort to maintain the two-thirds supermajority requirement for tax increases, Tim Eyman has filed Washington Initiative 1053 (2010). Eyman filed the language for the proposed initiative on January 11. He was joined by several co-sponsors, including Republican state senators Pam Roach and Janea Holmquist.[6]

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