Later this morning, King County Superior Court Judge Bruce E. Heller will rule on the constitutionality of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1053, which demands a 2/3 majority vote in Olympia before any new revenue can be raised. As we wait for the ruling, let's look at what I-1053 has brought us so far, according to the Washington State Budget & Policy Center:
The law’s impact is abundantly clear: In just three year years, vital economic investments have been cut by more than $10.6 billion. Meanwhile, state spending on special-interest tax breaks—many with dubious economic value—has grown.
Why? Because the supermajority requirement enshrined a deeply distorted budget process that gives an excessive amount of power to a small minority of legislators.
Some of the specific results: 25,000 parents without childcare or assistance finding a job; 50,000 seniors unable to pay for prescription medications; 60,000 people dropped from Basic Health; and tuition at public universities rising by as much as 20 percent a year." And that's just the tip of the iceberg..."