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What does the constitution say?

The framers of the Washington State constitution copied the United States constitution in creating a representative government for the state. In following this example, the framers thought that the ability of the people to elect their legislators would provide the people sufficient control of their government. As a result, the constitution places no limit on government income — revenue that government takes from the people by coercion.

But history tells another story: legislators compete to obtain government money for their constituents, and since the legislators have a blank check from the people, they drive up the cost of government without limit.