Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge losing support
Conflict with two-thirds majority law
“It’s over, Grover,” [Opinion, Nov. 29] is at odds with The Times editorial board’s ill-advised teaming up with Tim Eyman and his latest venture to require the Legislature to vote with a supermajority to raise revenue. The editorial says, “the era of the rote preclusion of new revenue has passed.”
As a long-ago member of the Legislature, I fully remember how hard it was to pass any tax increase with even a majority-plus-one vote. These bills had undergone many hours of hearings and whether they were needed or not required a lot of soul searching among the members.
As a change would require a constitutional amendment, this indicates to me that the Founding Fathers knew what they were about.
—Marion K. Sherman, Maple Valley
More revenue is necessary
Regarding “It’s over, Grover,” Grover Norquist was never the problem. The Republican lemmings who signed his anti-tax pledge for 20 years were the problem.
Only now are a few Republicans finally recognizing that more revenue is not only acceptable, but an absolute necessity.
—Vic Presutti, Dayton, Ohio