Republicans are unified in opposition to...the Senate’s suspension of I-960. It appears the I-960 limits could become a major campaign issue for Republicans in the November elections.
"This will open Pandora’s box and unleash many taxes that the people do not want," Republican Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn said late Wednesday in a floor speech against Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6130, which passed on a 26-22 vote.But the fight over I-960 has other implications. Roach and other Republicans say Democrats have suspended I-960’s other requirements to put any tax increases on the November ballot for an advisory vote in an attempt to hide what they have done.
(Note: There are only 18 Republicans in the State Senate and 25 is a majority. We had strange bedfellows last night. "Hi there Senators Hobbs, Marr, and Kilmer." I will check the roll call for our fair weather friends. Seven Democrats did not HAVE to vote for SB 6130 and still have the bill pass. If they were up for election they took the bye. Most observers believe Senator Tim Sheldon was the only D who voted NO because it was the right thing to do by his district.)