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Matthew Davis, lawyer for lead plaintiff Michael Kunath, argues against the income tax Friday.

Income Tax Hearing Brings a Big Crowd and Few Surprises

A decision is likely to come before Thanksgiving.

 

The City Passes Up Opportunity to Tax Big Businesses

The tax would have raised $25 million annually to help address the homelessness crisis.

 

Illustration by Joshua Boulet

A New Tax on Airbnb Awaits the Mayor’s Signature

The City Council voted to tax operators, but regulation is still up in the air.

 

Teresa Mosqueda speaks to her supporters on election night. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

How Will Teresa Mosqueda Change City Hall?

Drawing on her lived experience, the newly elected councilmember says she aims to advocate for women and marginalized communities.

Teresa Mosqueda speaks to her supporters on election night. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

Challenging Decades of Conventional Wisdom, City Makes Case For Income Tax

A motion filed Friday lays out how the city plans to defend its controversial tax plan.

No Rest for the Wicked—or the Seattle City Attorney’s Office

An activist City Council makes for boatloads of legal work.

Harrell Will Be a Five-Day Mayor, But He Hopes to Leave a Mark

Harrell announces executive orders clamping down on trash, cozying up with Amazon, and envisioning a future without a youth jail.

New Accuser Calls Out Seattle Political Establishment For Supporting Murray

The mayor’s cousin has come forward saying Murray abused him in the 1970s.

Did the City Attorney’s Office Discourage the Income Tax It Now Has to Defend?

The dominant legal opinion has long been on the side of opponents, but a state Supreme Court decision indicates that such conventional thinking is vulnerable.

Fremont ‘Baroness,’ Shoe Designer, Microsoft Exec Sue Over Income Tax

Another suit brought Wednesday involves former attorney general Rob McKenna and two former state Supreme Court justices.

Should Landlords Be Allowed to Discriminate Against Former Prisoners?

A Seattle bill would prohibit blanket-exclusions of former prisoners, and may prohibit criminal background checks by landlords on prospective tenants.

Years of Prep Preceded Lightning Fast Passage of Seattle Income Tax

Activists say the new law has its roots in past failed efforts … and Trump.

As Oak View Downplays Traffic Concerns, Murray Pushes Forward With KeyArena Renovation Plan

‘Traffic isn’t a KeyArena problem, it’s a Seattle problem.’

Locking Kids Up Is Evil. But Is It Necessary?

The movement to end youth incarceration is gaining momentum as Seattle grapples with one of its most difficult questions.

The Sugar Industry Is No Friend to the Poor

Efforts to paint a proposed soda tax as an attack on low-income Seattleites ignores food history.

The Debate Over How to Spend Soda Tax Money

Seattle leaders do not want to buy the world a Coke.

Soda Tax Will Include Diet Products Because Equity, Say Mayor and Councilmembers

Typically, diet sodas are marketed to upper-class consumers, while the poor drink sugar.

Murray Gets Behind Effort to Divest City Pension Fund From Fossil Fuels

“It’s pretty strong—we’re very pleased with the letter and the Mayor’s stance.”