On Monday, a batch of state house Democrats filed a law suit in King County Superior Court challenging Tim Eyman's I-1053, the voter-approved rule that requires the legislature to have a two-thirds majority when voting for taxes.

The lawsuit argues that the mandate illegally changes state constitution rules governing the legislature; the constitution specifies the instances two-thirds votes are required, and raising taxes is not one of them.

We asked US Rep. Jay Inslee, who's running for governor, where he stands on the issue, given that his party is leading the effort. (Twelve state house Democrats brought the lawsuit—along with the teachers union because the case stems from a failed attempt to tax banks to pay for schools.)

Inslee told PubliCola this morning:
While as a private citizen, I did not vote for I-1053 because I thought it wasn't democratic, as Governor, I will abide by the will of Washington voters. With respect to the specific issue at hand, I do support closing the loophole on Wall Street banks that prevents us from dedicating millions to our schools. When voters limited the ability of the state to impose taxes, I doubt they knew they would be protecting Wall St. Ultimately, this is a question the courts will answer.
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