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Judge Strikes Down Seattle Income Tax

A Superior Court Judge struck down the ordinance originating with a socialist city council member.

By NTK Staff | 11.22.2017 @7:02pm
Judge Strikes Down Seattle Income Tax

A tax on Seattle’s highest earners was ruled illegal by King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl on Wednesday, when he ruled that the ordinance violated Washington’s state constitution.

The tax, which originated with a proposal from Socialist Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, passed through city council unanimously in July. It mandated that individuals making more than $250,000 per year and couples making more than $500,000 per year would pay an income tax to the city.

The state’s constitution forbids cities from levying income taxes on their residents, but nevertheless, Seattle’s city council passed the initative and wasted taxpayer dollars defending the clearly unconstitutional rule.

Tom McCabe, the CEO of Washington-based free market think tank Freedom Foundation, blasted the tax in a statement:

Washington statutory law and the state Constitution, McCabe explained, both prohibit tax plans that impose one rate on lower-income individuals and a higher rate for those with more money – which Seattle’s does.

“And that’s not an unintended consequence,” McCabe said. “It’s the defining characteristic of the Seattle plan. The whole idea is to punish those who’ve been successful by confiscating their wealth and giving it to the perceived victims of that success.

McCabe also expressed anguish that Seattle would most likely continue to throw away taxpayer dollars to defend the law.

Former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, the initial proponent of the idea, had to resign in the wake of a child molestation scandal in September.

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