Lawmaker: Wash. state tax lawsuit is about schools

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:42 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- State Rep. Jamie Pedersen has a message for the Washington Supreme Court: You've told the Legislature to put more money into education, now give lawmakers the tools they need to make that happen.

The court is holding a hearing Tuesday on another important case that Pederson says holds the key to whether the Legislature can properly respond to the court's earlier ruling on the inadequacy of Washington state's education spending.

In the tax lawsuit before the court this week, a coalition of lawmakers and education groups contend the two-thirds majority vote required in the Legislature for raising taxes or closing tax loopholes is unconstitutional.

A lower court agreed with their assertion against the supermajority and the Supreme Court has expedited its consideration of the case.

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