The Washington Supreme Court is making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes, ruling that the only way to require a supermajority vote is to enshrine it in the Constitution.

A divided high court ruled 6-3 that an initiative requiring a two-thirds requirement for tax increases was in conflict with the state Constitution.

A coalition of lawmakers and education groups sued the state over the issue.

League of Education Voters CEO Chris Korsmo says the decision could make it easier to find money for the state to fully pay for basic education in Washington.

Republican state Sen. Pam Roach said the court had opened the "floodgates of taxation."

The chairwoman of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee has already proposed a constitutional amendment to make the two-thirds majority permanent.

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