Gregoire wants court to dump Eyman tax-vote rule

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 10:58am
The Seattle Times

Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday she plans to bypass the state Attorney General's Office and seek court guidance on the constitutionality of a law limiting tax increases.

Gregoire, who is technically listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, said she is working with outside counsel to petition the courts for a ruling on Initiative 1053, which requires lawmakers to have a two-thirds majority to raise taxes.

Voters widely approved that measure in 2010, essentially removing taxes as an option for balancing the budget.