On March 14, the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Initiative 1366, which was advanced by Tim Eyman and narrowly approved by voters in 2015. I-1366 would cut the state sales tax by one percent unless the legislature approves a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote to raise revenue or repeal any existing tax exemption. Based on legislative action thus far, it does not appear that the legislature would approve such an amendment. In January, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that I-1366 was unconstitutional.
WSHA opposes the initiative, as it could result in loss of $2 billion per biennium in funding for our schools, universities, health care and other public services. We are particularly concerned about funding for mental health services. The Washington State Supreme Court will issue an opinion on this case in the coming year. A recording of the oral argument can be viewed here. (Zosia Stanley)