Seattle income tax rumors show need for SJR 8204 & HJR 4207

By JASON MERCIER  | 
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Feb 21, 2017

Unwilling to take no for an answer after the last nine times statewide voters have overwhelmingly rejected an income tax, income tax warriors have changed strategies and are now trying to get a city to adopt an income tax to create a legal test case to overturn the state’s 84 year old ban. Their first local income tax effort was in Olympia last year but that also was rejected by voters. Now it sounds like the local income tax focus is moving back to Seattle. According to Route Fifty:

“Although there have been periodic efforts to authorize a state income tax over the years, voters have rejected them at the ballot box.

But some progressive activists haven’t been deterred and have been trying to lay the groundwork for a long-term effort to change that starting at the local level.