Supermajorities And Voter Approval Required For Tax Increases
March 10, 1999
Many states are making it harder for their politicians to raise taxes. It's a continuation of the movement that started with California's Prop. 13.
- Prop. 13 cut property taxes in half and required a two- thirds supermajority of the state legislature to approve future tax increases.
- Today, 14 states require supermajorities before taxes can be raised.
- In 1998, Montana became the 15th state to require citizens to approve any tax increase passed by the legislature.
- Republican governors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan are all backing supermajority requirements.
Moreover, at least 15 states are attempting to add a supermajority provision to their constitutions.
At the federal level, a group of Republican and Democratic sponsors are pushing for adoption of their Tax Limitation Amendment -- which would require a two-thirds vote to raise new taxes or increase existing taxes.
Source: Peter Cleary (Americans for Tax Reform), "The Tax Limitation Revolution," Investor's Business Daily, March 10, 1999.
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