With the city of Seattle, and now some state lawmakers, continuing the push for a local income tax, state Representative Brandon Vick has again introduced legislation that would prevent local governments from implementing an income tax. John Sattgast with Washington House Republicans reports from Olympia.
SATTGAST: Eighteenth District Representative Brandon Vick says he sides with the voters who have rejected a state income tax 10 times in Washington, including six proposed constitutional amendments to overturn the law preventing a graduated income tax.
House Bill 1588 is similar to a measure Vick introduced in 2017, in response to some cities in Washington trying to find a way around the law preventing local income taxes.
VICK: “What we’re doing in this bill is really making it really clear, not only that local jurisdictions are not allowed to impose an income tax, but we’re clarifying absolutely everything that could be an income tax, just so there’s no question down the road as far as what we actually mean.”
SATTGAST: In January, the Washington State Supreme Court declined to take up a lower court ruling that struck down Seattle’s income tax and, instead, sent the case to the Court of Appeals. Since then, several Democratic lawmakers have filed an amicus brief, arguing Seattle and cities across Washington have the right to impose an income tax.
Vick says it’s time to put the issue to rest. With record revenues coming in to the state, Washington doesn’t need an income tax, he says, and voters have clearly said no.
John Sattgast, Olympia