Initiative Measure No. 1310 April 16, 2013
TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT OF 2013
AN ACT Relating to state taxes and fees; amending RCW29A.72.283,29A.32.070, 43.135.055, 43.135.031, and 43.135.041; adding new sections tochapter 43.135 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 29A.32 RCW; creatingnew sections; and providing a contingent expiration date.BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEWSECTION.The people want the legislature to approve, and refer to voters forratification, a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds legislativeapproval for raising taxes as defined by and as required by Initiative 960,approved by voters in 2007, Initiative 1053, approved by voters in 2010,and Initiative 1185, approved by voters in 2012. This measure requirespeople’s advisory votes on whether to amend the constitution to requiretwo-thirds legislative approval to raise taxes.
This initiative is intended to provide short-termand long-termprotection fromstate tax and fee increases, providingour state’s economy with a chance to recover. The people find that accountability and effectiveness are importantaspects of setting tax policy. In order to make policy choices, thelegislature needs information to evaluate whether the continuation of taxincreases is in the public interest. To effectuate this finding, thismeasure limits the duration of tax increases imposed by the legislature toone year.