Wash. to have advisory vote on tax issues

Wash. to have advisory vote on tax issues
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, right, and his partner, Jack Fagan, turn in more than 318,000 signatures for an initiative to reinforce a rule that makes it more difficult for lawmakers to raise taxes. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state voters will have a chance to formally tell state lawmakers what they think about some taxes in the state.

The state attorney general's office said Monday that Washington will have two non-binding advisory votes related to taxes on the November ballot. Those votes stem from a provision under Initiative 960, which passed in 2007. It gives the public the chance to weigh in on tax increases.

Lawmakers didn't approve any broad tax increases this year. One of the measures that lawmakers passed eliminated a mortgage-related tax deduction for large financial businesses. Another bill extends an existing tax on wholesale petroleum products.

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman says he's glad voters will have a voice in the process