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Senator calls on Attorney General to defend state’s local income tax ban
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Jul 17, 2019

With the dust still settling from Monday’s shocking Court of Appeals income tax ruling, Senator Steve O’Ban today sent a letter to the Attorney General demanding that he defend the state’s local income tax ban. That 35-year-old local income tax ban was shockingly ruled unconstitutional by the Court of Appeals on Monday.

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Good news, bad news on local income taxes
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Jul 16, 2019

The Court of Appeals yesterday released its ruling concerning Seattle’s attempt to impose a local income tax. As expected, the Court unanimously ruled that Seattle’s graduated income tax was unconstitutional. In a major surprise, however, the Court also invalidated the statutory prohibitions on local governments from imposing a flat income tax. Pending any appeal to the state Supreme Court, this means that certain local governments now have the green light to impose a flat income tax.

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High-speed rail would fail in Washington as it did in California
By MARK HARMSWORTH  | 
Jul 15, 2019

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared the high speed rail project in his home state pretty much dead in its tracks. Quoted in the Sacramento Bee, Newsom stated,  “Let’s be real, the current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long.” Yet, despite the cost overruns, delays and eventual failure, Governor Jay Inslee is pushing for something similar here in Washington State. At a press conference last year, he noted, “When you build a high-speed rail line, you are building a monument to optimism.”

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