Another 2/3rds Initiative
And like clockwork, Tim Eyman has turned in enough signatures to put another 2/3rds majority initiative on the November ballot. The initiative would prevent the legislature from raising any form of revenue without a 2/3rds majority vote in both the state house and senate - effectively allowing 17 senators to prevent any increase in revenue.
Eyman renews the initiative every two years; after two years an actual majority of the legislature can amend any initiative and they always do.
These 2/3rds initiatives are a huge reason behind the structural revenue problems plaguing Washington state. Any attempt at progressive revenue reform is stymied by the need to get a super majority to agree in both legislative chambers.
Of interest this time: a King County Superior Court Judge recently ruled the 2/3rds requirement is unconstitutional. The case needs to be taken up by the Supreme Court before it has any reasonable effect, until then, Eyman will continue to beat his biennial drum.