Public School Funding Versus the Constitution

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My friend and Reason’s former Washington Editor Rick Henderson, has a frightening piece in today’s National Review Online, on the implications of the recent Nevada state supreme court ruling which allowed the alleged need for public school funding to override the procedural rules of a 2/3 majority vote before a tax increase can be approved.

As Rick notes, “This could be catastrophic news for other states that require supermajorities in order to raise taxes or increase spending. In addition, state constitutions that prohibit personal income taxes (as does Nevada’s) or enable genuine school choice could be at risk from a raid by welfare-state activists, using Nevada’s precedent to overturn those “procedural” provisions.


Unless the Nevada decision is overturned by federal courts