Democrat Sheldon says party out of step on two-thirds for taxes rule

Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch.

Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch.

Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, offered the following statement Friday following the Senate’s rejection of a two-thirds-for-taxes constitutional amendment. Senate Joint Resolution 8211 would have allowed Washington voters to decide in November whether a two-thirds vote of the Legislature should be required for tax increases. The measure required a two-thirds vote of the Senate and failed 26-23.

“I am disappointed to be the only Democrat in the Senate who thinks Washington voters ought to have a chance to vote on a two-thirds for taxes constitutional amendment.

“For some reason, every other member of my party thought it was unimportant that Washington has voted for this rule six times. Never have we seen an idea so popular with the people of this state. They want us to think twice before we reach deeper into their pockets.

“It’s a shame my party is out of step with the people. The last time this was put directly to the voters of my district, they said yes by 69 percent. Today I was proud to stand with them.”