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OPINION

On the same day the Governor ordered state employees (and others) to be vaccinated or face employment termination, state employee unions announced Inslee has agreed to re-open their 2021-23 contracts...

 

OPINION

On the same day the Governor ordered state employees (and others) to be vaccinated or face employment termination, state employee unions announced Inslee has agreed to re-open their 2021-23 contracts...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    July 29, 2021

COMMENT

While we wait for the capital gains income tax litigation to work its way through the courts, the University of Washington’s Law School has posted an interesting video: “Three-minute Legal Tips: C...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    April 1, 2021

OPINION

We have our first Title Only bill of the session–HB 1564: Concerning transportation spending. It was introduced on March 28 and has already been scheduled for a public hearing on April 1 (no...

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–During last Saturday’s Senate floor debate before the 25-24 passage of the income tax on capital gains (SB 5096), there was discussion about allowing voters to run a referendum on the new...

 

OPINION

It is painfully clear that the majority party legislative leadership in the House and Senate have no intention of debating if checks and balances are needed on the Governor’s emergency powers. All...

 

OPINION

With each passing day of session bringing a new tax proposal, I have to go back and review the state’s revenue forecast and budget balance sheet to make sure I’m not missing something. Yep, looks...

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–The Senate Ways & Means Committee will hold a public hearing on January 14 at 4 p.m. on the Governor’s proposed income tax on capitals gains (SB 5096). Remote testimony is available and...

 

OPINION

It has been 262 days since the Governor first declared an emergency relating to COVID-19. Since that time, the Governor has continued to extend emergency declarations and issued various economic...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    July 2, 2020

OPINION

By Jason Mercier With the state’s budget outlook in the news, discussion of a capital gains tax is occurring with greater frequency. There is one piece of information that is consistently left out,...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    June 11, 2020

OPINION

OLYMPIA–Washington’s economic outlook has dramatically changed due to the global COVID pandemic and Governor Inslee’s subsequent order in March to lock-down the state economy. When the 2020...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–We’ve been warning for years that the real plan behind the capital gains income tax proposals in the state legislature was to set up a lawsuit in hopes of imposing a graduated income tax...

 

Guest Commentary

Having written for the last several years about the scheme to impose a capital gains income tax, I often receive emails from citizens across the country trying to figure out what is going on in...

 

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