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posted Friday, July 29, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 30
Reps. Jinkins, Moeller, Pedersen join suit against I-1053
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Reps. Jinkins, Moeller, Pedersen join suit against I-1053

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Lesbian and Gay Washington state Representatives Laurie Jinkins (D-27), Jim Moeller (D-49), and Jamie Pedersen (D-43) have signed on to a lawsuit against Tim Eyman's I-1053, which reimposed a two-thirds supermajority requirement for the legislature to raise additional revenue.

They joined the WEA teachers union, the League of Education Voters, and a number of other state legislators.

The suit, filed in King County Superior Court on July 25, says that 'RCW 43.135.034 enacted in 2010 by Initiative 1053 & unconstitutionally imposes a two-thirds supermajority vote of the members elected to each house to enact laws that raise taxes.'

It asks the court to rule that I-1053 violates multiple sections of the state's constitution.

Specifically, the suit involves HB 2078, a bill to close loopholes that allowed large out-of-state banks to escape taxes on mortgage loans, and apply the money to reducing class size in grades K-3.

HB 2078 was approved by the state House on May 24 by a vote of 52-42, but it was not sent on to the Senate because it fell short of the two-thirds supermajority imposed by I-1053.

The plaintiffs say it should have gone to the Senate under the state constitution - and that they, as taxpayers, have suffered harm because it did not.

'The idea of providing a $100 million tax break for huge, out-of-state banks at the same time as we are making deep cuts in our schools just seems ridiculous,' said Jinkins, the prime sponsor of HB 2078.

'Even the lobbyists for these banks admitted in a committee hearing that Washington home-buyers were receiving no benefit from this tax break, but the supermajority requirement prevented us from closing the loophole and redirecting that money to education.'

In a statement to SGN, Moeller said that I-1053 is unconstitutional on two counts - first because it prevents the legislature from fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education, and second because it subverts majority rule.

'I-1053 prevents the elected majority from addressing their 'paramount duty' of funding education,' Moeller wrote to SGN.

'By unconstitutionally raising the voting requirement to two-thirds, I-1053 prevented the passage of HB 2078 which 'passed' with 52 votes and dedicated a tax break of over $100 million [now given] to out-of-state banks, to early learning.

'Second, it thwarts the will of the majority. The will of the majority of elected representatives was to direct the monies given to out-of-state banks to their paramount duty. Essentially giving 42 representatives veto power over the will of the majority, 52 representatives.'

Jamie Pedersen added that by giving a minority of legislators what amounts to veto power over the majority, I-1053 forced the legislature to enact an all-cuts budget.

'It gives a small minority within the legislature the power to veto closing even the most egregious tax loopholes,' Pedersen told SGN. 'During the economic and budget crisis of the last three years, it has forced the legislature into all-cuts budgets - hurting kids in the public schools, people who depend on the safety net, the justice system, and the environment.'

'This issue of a two-thirds majority has been vexing us for a decade now,' Jinkins said.

While Eyman has long advocated supermajorities to raise state revenues, he did not succeed in imposing the requirement until 2007, when I-960 passed.

By law, initiatives must remain in force for two years before the legislature can alter them. In February 2010, the state legislature suspended I-960 to raise additional taxes and close a $2.6 billion budget gap.

Eyman filed I-1053 to reimpose the supermajority requirement on January 11, before the legislature even voted on the subject.

Jinkins told SGN that LGBT people should be especially protective of the state constitution.

'All over the country, reactionaries led constitutional amendments to ban marriage equality in many states,' Jinkins said. 'We've seen in the last five years how public support has shifted and changed around this issue. Now, as the public shifts its thinking on marriage equality, many states are left with discrimination written into their constitutions.

'Of all communities, we should be highly protective of the constitution and realize that it protects us from the tyrannies of both the majority and the minority.'

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