Judge to rule if WA tax lawsuit should go forward

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether a lawsuit challenging the tax initiative that requires a supermajority of the Legislature to raise taxes should go forward.

It's been nearly three months since King County Superior Court Judge Bruce E. Heller heard arguments in the case brought the League of Education Voters, the teacher's union, parents, taxpayers and lawmakers.

Initiative 1053 was approved by Washington voters in November 2010 and has prevented lawmakers from adopting tax increases since then.

The coalition's lawyers believe it violates the intent of the state constitution. Lawyers representing the state government say the case was brought prematurely because no one has effectively challenged the initiative during the legislative process.

The state of Washington is the defendant because once voters approve an initiative it becomes state law.