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Reaction to ruling on supermajority tax votes

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

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"The supermajority requirement gave a legislative minority the power to squelch ideas even when those ideas had majority support. That is inconsistent with our fundamental form of representative democracy." - Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

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"The court can rule the way the court decides to rule, but our caucus will stand with the people of this state." -Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville.

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"We must continue to be responsible stewards of tax dollars and do more with less, but when revenue options do come up for a vote, today's ruling means that the elected representatives of the people will be able to hold a fair vote in which every legislator's vote counts equally." -Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle and one of the plaintiffs in the case.

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"The people didn't send us to Olympia to look for ways to tax them more. To solidify our commitment to the voters we are exploring what rule changes we can make in the Senate to guarantee that the will of the people will be respected and that any increase in revenue will require broad bipartisan support and a two-thirds vote in the Senate." -Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina.

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"Today the court made clear that our constitution cannot be amended by the initiative process." -Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tacoma.

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"The state Supreme Court's decision today is a disappointment and sends voters a clear message: your opinion doesn't matter when it comes to tax decisions in Washington state. That's a sharp rebuke of the voting public." -Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business.

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