The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 6-3 decision that a two-thirds super majority requirement to raise taxes in the legislature is unconstitutional.

Initiative 1053 was passed by voters in 2010 and contained the “Super Majority Requirement”; Initiative 1185, driven by Tim Eyeman, which re-instituted the requirement was passed in last year’s general election. As part of each initiative, if a super majority was not met, but a simple majority was met (less than a two-thirds vote), the issue would have to be put on the ballot and approved by voters statewide.

The court’s ruling paves the way for a simple majority of the legislature to raise taxes.

13th District State Representative Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg) was a recent guest on Newstalk KIT. He talked about how this decision came about, and waht it could mean to Washington State taxpayers.

Click this player to listen to the interview.

Visit Representative Manweller's official webpage here.