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Secrets of Washington's Carbon Tax Initiative
By TODD MYERS  | 
Jun 15, 2018

This November, assuming supporters collect the signatures, Washington state voters will vote on Initiative 1631, a half-billion-dollar carbon tax increase. It would increase prices by 15 cents per gallon, increasing to 40 cents per gallon over the next ten years.

Hidden within the 38-page initiative, however, are a number of policies the proponents won’t highlight. Here are just five.

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Seattle jobs tax gets well-deserved pink slip
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Jun 12, 2018

Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks after all. In this case it looks like Seattle voters have finally encouraged their City Council to take a step back from its tax increase trigger-happy ways and instead start listening to those outside of Sawant’s Socialist “movement.” In a stunning reversal, the Seattle Council voted 7-2 today to repeal the new jobs tax it just imposed unanimously last month. The repeal of the jobs tax was facilitated by the fact Seattle voters were set to turn in more than 45,000 signatures (approximately 17,000 were needed) to place a referendum to repeal the tax on the November ballot.

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The Justice Department Won't Defend Obamacare
By ROGER STARK  | 
Jun 12, 2018

The Justice Department announced last week that it would not defend the current lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Republican attorneys general from 20 states have sued the federal government. Their case is based on the fact that the major Congressional tax reform bill of 2017 eliminated the “tax” on Americans who do not own health insurance under the ACA. Without the penalty, the AGs claim that the entire law is unconstitutional.

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