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As promised, a decision was delivered before the Thanksgiving holiday.

King County Judge Rules Against Seattle Income Tax

The judgment sets up an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

 

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.

Illustration by Joshua Boulet
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
Jesse Hagopian sports a “tax the rich” t-shirt. Seattle is trying to do just that. Photo by Alex Garland.

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.

Jesse Hagopian sports a “tax the rich” t-shirt. Seattle is trying to do just that. Photo by Alex Garland.
City Attorney Pete Holmes. Photo courtesy Holmes for Seattle

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

An activist City Council makes for boatloads of legal work.

City Attorney Pete Holmes. Photo courtesy Holmes for Seattle
Bruce Harrell addresses the press. Photo by Daniel Person

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.

Bruce Harrell addresses the press. Photo by Daniel Person
In this file photo, Mayor Ed Murray talks to reporters about homeless evictions; in the background are Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Sally Bagshaw and Debora Juarez. Photo by Casey Jaywork.

New Accuser Calls Out Seattle Political Establishment For Supporting Murray

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

In this file photo, Mayor Ed Murray talks to reporters about homeless evictions; in the background are Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Sally Bagshaw and Debora Juarez. Photo by Casey Jaywork.
Photo by Nathalie Graham

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.

Photo by Nathalie Graham
Photo by Nathalie Graham

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.

Photo by Nathalie Graham
A hearing July 13, 2017 hearing on Fair Chance Housing legislation drew many supporters and more than a few critics. Photo by Alex Bergstrom/Columbia Legal Services

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.

A hearing July 13, 2017 hearing on Fair Chance Housing legislation drew many supporters and more than a few critics. Photo by Alex Bergstrom/Columbia Legal Services
The Economic Opportunity Institute’s John Burbank was instrumental in the push for a Seattle income tax. Photo by Nathalie Graham

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.

The Economic Opportunity Institute’s John Burbank was instrumental in the push for a Seattle income tax. Photo by Nathalie Graham
The arena in question. Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP Photo
The arena in question. Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP Photo
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File
Illustration by Jose Trujillo

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.

Illustration by Jose Trujillo

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.

Murray, seen here at the immigrant rights rally on May 1. Photo by Agatha Pacheco
Murray, seen here at the immigrant rights rally on May 1. Photo by Agatha Pacheco
Coupons used by poor people in the Fresh Bucks program to buy produce. Image via SeattleFarmersMarkets.org.

The Debate Over How to Spend Soda Tax Money

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

Coupons used by poor people in the Fresh Bucks program to buy produce. Image via SeattleFarmersMarkets.org.
An example of name-brand high fructose corn syrup fizzy water. Photo via Wikipedia.

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.

An example of name-brand high fructose corn syrup fizzy water. Photo via Wikipedia.
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