Jay Inslee and his fellow Democrat Party officials have been persistent in trying to find a way to create a state income tax, ranging from Inslee’s 2015 proposal to tax capital gains to the various bills introduced every legislative session by Democrats. After all, it is one of their party’s guiding principles.
Bizarrely, the liberals try to impose a state income tax despite the fact voters in Washington State have rejected the concept nine times, most recently in 2010.
So, rather than try a legislative or statewide attempt this fall, Democrats are counting on the voters in Olympia to vote one in. And the on-again-off-again vote is evidently back on, after a court of appeals ruling today – which reverses a ruling earlier this week that ad removed the city initiative from the ballot.
The court essentially did not rule on the merits of the income tax initiative, or even its legality. Rather, the judge decided that the initiative sponsors would be harmed if they didn’t get to see their dream voted on in a high-turnout presidential election year – so, the ballot initiative must go forward. Additionally, the city must prepare a supplemental voters’ pamphlet on the issue, since the printing deadline has passed for the regular pamphlet.
Of course, the goal of the liberals behind this measure is not just the creation of an income tax on Olympia residents. As Shift has reported previously, “The activist group Opportunity for Olympia admits that the “bigger picture” is to “present a formidable chink in opposition to a state income tax, and help reform a regressive tax system.”
And, thanks to the appeals court overruling another judge, the city of Olympia now gets to devote tax dollars to advancing and then potentially defending an unconstitutional initiative.