The King County Superior Court ruled last week that Initiative 1366 is unconstitutional. I-1366 — from Tim Eyman — would decrease the state sales tax by 1 percent in April if the legislature did not pass a constitutional amendment requiring a supermajority to raise taxes. The state sales tax loss would have taken $1.4 billion out of the state budget in its first year.
WSHA opposed this initiative and supported the lawsuit against it. The initiative posed a large threat to the state budget, and to mental health funding in particular. We believe that much-needed mental health funding would have been reduced with such a large loss in state revenue.
We expect Eyman to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. WSHA will continue to assert that I-1366 should not be allowed to stand.
For more information, contact Cassie Sauer (206/216-2538).