Yakima Valley state reps criticize House vote to suspend I-960
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to suspend initiative 960 but not before a tough fight from Republicans, including representatives from the Yakima Valley.
After two days of debate the measure passed in the House 51 to 47 and republicans across Washington want the public to know they were against the idea.
"The majority's willingness to tell citizens they know better is a slap in the face to hardworking employers and families," said Rep. Charles Ross (R-Naches). "This is just more evidence for folks who don't trust their government anymore."
The bill would suspend the 2007 initiative that requires a two-thirds majority in the legislature for any tax cut. Republicans said this would hurt Washington's economy and tax hikes were the wrong move to balance the budget.
"We have double digit unemployment, including more than five thousand people in the 14th district out of work," said Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima). "And yet, the majority party is dismantling the i-960 protections so they can go after taxpayers[...]"
Democrats argue they need to cut spending and raise taxes in order to take on the state's $2.8 billion budget deficit. The measure now moves to the state Senate.