18 states have protections like I-1185

by | Aug 9, 2012

As Jason Mercier reports below, there are 18 states that have policies like Initiative 1185, proving that having tougher-to-raise-taxes protections is commonplace in states throughout the nation:       

Tax restrictions across the country

BY JASON MERCIER, Washington Policy Center, August 7, 2012, https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/blog/post/tax-restrictions-across-country  

 

Initiative 1185 will provide Washingtonians this November the opportunity to vote for the fifth time in support of the requirement for tax increases to receive a supermajority vote in the Legislature.  Including Washington, 18 states currently have some form of restriction on legislative tax increases.

I recently contacted the budget office for every state to find out if there were any restrictions on tax increases. The following information was self-reported by the states (constitutional unless noted otherwise):

  • Alabama – State income and property taxes cannot be increased without constitutional amendment
  • Arizona – 2/3 legislative vote
  • Arkansas – 3/4 legislative vote
  • California – 2/3 legislative vote (includes fee increases)
  • Colorado – Voter approval required for all tax increases
  • Delaware – 3/5 legislative vote
  • Florida – 2/3 legislative vote
  • Kentucky – 3/5 legislative vote
  • Louisiana – 2/3 legislative vote
  • Michigan – 3/4 legislative vote for property taxes
  • Mississippi – 3/5 legislative vote
  • Missouri – Voter approval required above revenue cap
  • Nevada – 2/3 legislative vote (includes fee increases)
  • Oklahoma – 3/4 legislative vote
  • Oregon – 3/5 legislative vote
  • South Dakota – 2/3 legislative vote
  • Wisconsin – 2/3 legislative vote (statutory)

During the past 20 years Washington voters have enacted the supermajority for tax increases requirement four times as ordinary state law, but not as part of the state constitution:

  • 2010: Initiative 1053 – Required supermajority vote or voter approval for tax increases (64% yes)
  • 2007 Initiative 960 – Required supermajority vote or voter approval for tax increases (51% yes)
  • 1998: Referendum 49 – Affirmed provisions of 1993 Initiative 601 (57% yes)
  • 1993: Initiative 601 – Required supermajority vote for tax increases (51% yes)

 

… The Washington Constitution currently includes many supermajority vote requirements including for the issuance of public debt.

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Opponents of I-1185 try to make our initiative sound unprecedented.  Hardly.  Washington has had 20 years of experience with the 2/3 on the books and 18 states have their own I-1185.  Just another reason to vote yes on I-1185 in November.  

        Jack, Mike, and I only ask for compensation after the signature drive is completed.  Now that I-1185 has made it, please don’t forget about us.