Posted inElections

Big money is flowing into a right wing ballot campaign to repeal state capital gains tax

The com­mit­tee, helmed by long­time Repub­li­can oper­a­tive J. Van­der Stoep, has not dis­closed its plans to the pub­lic, but its aim appears to be to qual­i­fy a mea­sure to the Novem­ber 2022 statewide bal­lot that would com­plete­ly repeal ESSB 5096, the pop­u­lar 2021 law that levied a cap­i­tal gains tax on the wealthy to fund ear­ly learn­ing, child­care, and K‑12 education.

Posted inLitigation

Quinn plaintiffs obtain ruling striking down Washington’s capital gains tax on the wealthy

A Dou­glas Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court judge has ruled that ESSB 5096 isn’t con­sti­tu­tion­al. That deci­sion will be appealed to the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court. In the mean­time, some on the right wing are clam­or­ing for an ini­tia­tive to over­turn Wash­ing­ton’s new state cap­i­tal gains tax in the court of pub­lic opin­ion… but NPI’s polling sug­gests vot­ers would­n’t be receptive. 

Posted inMedia & Culture

Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

“Blue States, You’re the Prob­lem” cer­tain­ly has excel­lent pro­duc­tion val­ues and slick visu­als. The dis­cus­sion, on the oth­er hand, leaves a lot to be desired. The opin­ion video by the New York Times’ John­ny Har­ris and Binyamin Appel­baum could have been so much bet­ter… deep­er, rich­er, and more informative.