The State of Washington is one of those states that does not have an income tax, and this prohibition is not only baked into the state constitution, it applies to all lower levels of government. So when the Seattle City Council passed a measure that would tax individuals making over $250,000 per year, it wasn’t like the left and further-left lawmakers weren’t warned.
As predicted, a King County superior court judge overturned the city’s income tax, which should tell anyone that the law was more about political posturing than anything else. The City Council said they will appeal the ruling, thus wasting city taxpayer money that would be better spent on its unprecedented homeless problem and other quality-of-life measures. Amazon is in approximately 25 buildings in downtown Seattle, so it’s not like there isn’t already a tax base.
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