The 2012 ballot is certainly going to be a long one if all of the proposed constitutional amendment questions are approved by this year's Legislature.
Today, Republicans in the House filed another one. This one proposes an amendment requiring a three-fifths vote to enact a law imposing or increasing certain taxes.
The bill would require a "super majority" for tax increases, not unlike the 60 votes needed in the U.S. Senate to end a filibuster and get major legislation through.
Why wait until next November?
Sixteen states require a supermajority vote to increase some or all taxes. Seven require a two-thirds vote, six a three-fifths vote and two a three-fourths vote.
Just get ride of them and make us a true democracy instead of this stupid representative democracy!
Let the people vote, on everything! That will teach us, I mean them.
How many of these legislators supporting this bill also voted to allow Hennepin County to increase sales taxes for a stadium without a referendum at all?
Who needs consistency in taxation?
It's a law just like this that has helped create California's huge budget trouble.
How about requiring a super-majority when voters head to the polls on taxes tacked on to the state constitution? Remember this?
Agreed with comments. This is a bad idea.
This is what happens when you elect extremists to the legislator. We have the the most extreme in leadership positions. Will the people awake before they have stolen everything of importance from us.
I'm frustrated by legislation that works to change how legislation occurs, especially when the purpose is not to make legislating more effective, but rather to advance a political position. This particular case - requiring a supermajority for any tax increases, but presumably not for any spending or tax reductions - is a blatant attempt to entrench conservative ideals in how we legislate. Both this use of supermajority, along with the use of a constitutional amendment to pass it, is akin to election district gerrymandering, a stacking the deck against future change and possibilities.
I was just thinking the very same thing