Judge rules Seattle income tax illegal
King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl today ruled that Seattle’s local income tax is illegal. Judge Ruhl granted the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, rejecting all of Seattle's arguments that the local income tax was permitted under state law.Read the entire blog
State misses opportunity to address concerns about mileage tax
Last week, The Seattle Times published our op-ed on the mileage tax, where we highlighted our concerns that public officials are pursuing a new revenue source that circumvents 18th amendment revenue protections and gives government unrestricted power over how drivers’ tax money is spent.
The Washington State Transportation Commission responded with an op-ed of their own, stating that “the Legislature remains the ultimate decision-maker on tax and transportation policies. Contrary to the opinion expressed by the Washington Policy Center, a potential future road-usage charge is not a matter of political ideology – it is simply an option to replace our aging gas tax.”
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Notes on Seattle income tax court hearing
I had the opportunity to attend today's three hour-long King County Superior Court hearing on Seattle's income tax. Judge Ruhl says he plans to issue his ruling early next week before Thanksgiving. Here are my notes from the hearing as the arguments unfolded . . .Read the entire blog