Democrats seem to have an addiction in Washington State. They just can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to a state income tax. Jay Inslee proposed one on capital gains two years ago (even after promising not to raise taxes). House Democrats have introduced a bill to create one every session for as long as folks can remember. And, the State Democrat Party lists a state income tax as one of its guiding principles.
That’s why the liberals are so bummed that yesterday in Thurston County a judge ruled that they cannot pursue an income tax in the city of Olympia. Not that they are taking no for answer, however.
The issue was whether voters in our capitol city could create their own income tax. Signatures were gathered, and once they were submitted to qualify the initiative, the city council fretted about having to defend a lawsuit that would surely come if it passed.
So, instead, the council asked a judge to keep the initiative off the ballot. And, the judge complied.
However, as the Washington Policy Center reports, despite the fact that the “last nine times voters have been asked to adopt an income tax they have resoundingly said no,” the judge’s ruling is being appealed. So the voters of Olympia may still have the opportunity to vote on an illegal tax this fall.