ICYMI: Democrat Senator Reuven Carlyle challenges Sound Transit officials to rethink their ST3 financing plan
On August 11th, State Senator Reuven Carlyle wrote a guest op-ed that caused transit boosters to all but implode.
Senator Carlyle’s offense was observing that Sound Transit 3 (ST3) consumes “all the oxygen in the room for virtually all other public services at all levels of government for years to come.”Read the entire blog
Petition against the Endangered Species Act seeks to repeal government’s ability to take without cause
The Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA) and the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) have joined together to challenge a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to apply the blanket protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) not only to species listed as “endangered” but also “threatened".Read the entire blog
Judge rules Olympia income tax proposal illegal
A Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled today a proposed ballot measure to enact a city income tax in Olympia is illegal. The Olympia City Council requested an injunction to keep the proposal off the November ballot. Based on the very clear ban in state law on local income taxes, the judge's decision was not a surprise and should help put the brakes on income tax supporters' efforts to "city shop" for a local electorate willing to set up a test case to see if the current state Supreme Court will uphold 80 years of case law banning graduated income taxes.Read the entire blog