Inslee breaks with tradition, fails to propose income tax

The governor’s budget proposal for 2018 breaks with tradition — for the first time since taking office, Inslee has failed to propose an income tax. For those who follow the utterances of political leaders, the situation may be confusing. Inslee has said he opposes an income tax. Yet he has repeatedly proposed an income tax on […]

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Seattle judge rules municipal income tax is illegal

In November 2017, a King County Superior Court judge ruled Seattle’s effort to impose an income tax violates state law. The decision was a major blow for those who hope the courts will use the case to overturn the Supreme Court’s 1933 ruling that a graduated-rate income tax is unconstitutional. First Judge John Ruhl decided that Seattle’s […]

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McCleary and the income tax

Published opinion pieces from members of the Majority Coalition Caucus draw the connections between McCleary and the long-running effort to impose an income tax.   Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, in The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, Jan. 8, 2017: Income tax is the real issue, not schools “This is the cleverest campaign for an income tax ever […]

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A capital gains tax: First step toward a general income tax

Whether a capital gains income tax is constitutional is one issue; whether it would end with that is another. Capital gains income tax revenue is highly volatile, as are other taxes aimed at the wealthy. When the economy goes into a downturn, lawmakers will be left to scramble for new sources of money, as has […]

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Setting up a test case for an income tax

Advocates of an income tax last year managed to collect signatures to place one proposal on the ballot in the city of Olympia. When voters rejected the idea, they took their campaign to the city of Seattle — where the council voted May 1 to direct staff to come up with a detailed proposal. Though […]

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More resources regarding a state-level income tax

Proposals for an income tax — even in the form of a narrowly based tax on capital gains income — are prompting dismay among those who recognize Washington’s unique economy is built around its unique tax structure. Consequences could be dramatic.   Matt McIlwain, Madrona Venture Capital, in Seattle Times, March 15, 2017: More taxation […]

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