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Early Results Show Voters Approving Anti-Tax Measure

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OLYMPIA, WA.(AP)  - Early results showed a measure seeking to limit Washington lawmakers' ability to raise taxes was being approved by voters, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Initiative 1366 would decrease the 6.5-percent state sales tax to 5.5 percent unless the Legislature approves a constitutional amendment before April 15 that voters would weigh in on later next year. Currently, taxes can be raised through a simple-majority vote of the Legislature.

The state Office of Financial Management has estimated that the measure would reduce revenue to the state budget by $8 billion through the middle of 2021, if its tax-cut element becomes law.

Previous voter-approved initiatives sponsored by I-1366 sponsor Eyman required a supermajority vote on taxes, but the state Supreme Court struck that requirement down in 2013, saying it was unconstitutional.

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