State Initiatve Filed to Overhaul Taxes

Comments

1
thank you for using "jibe" correctly.

and this initiative is doomed. doomed.
2
BOO YA!

And so the inevitable populism of the Tea Bag movement morphs into its penultimate form!
3
This initiative is too smart and pragmatic to survive:)
4
You can argue whatever you want to, but the WA Supreme Court would have to change its own precedent for this to happen. Not impossible, but counting on a state or Federal Supreme Court will overturn its own precedent in order for your initiative to be legal is problematic at the least.
5
You can argue whatever you want to, but the WA Supreme Court would have to change its own precedent for this to happen. Not impossible, but counting on a state or Federal Supreme Court to overturn its own precedent in order for your initiative to be legal is problematic at the least.
6
I don't see why we need anything this fancy. A 4% flat income tax would be perfectly constitutional, would mean pretty much nothing to most poor people, and would raise about $3 billion from the top 1% of Washington earners all by itself (never mind the windfall from the lower brackets). Then you pass a separate law providing a full tax rebate for people who make less than, say, $50,000 per year. That part may or may not hold up, but it would certainly be easier to pass an amendment creating a special income tax exemption than it would be to pass one creating a graduated income tax.
7
Knoll Lowney is a blowhard in the Eyman mold, albeit with his heart in a different place. The State Supreme Court figured out 50 years ago that an excise tax on income is a property tax, duh, and therefore, under our constitution, must be uniform (i.e., you can't tax income above a certain level). Apartment Operators Ass'n of Seattle, Inc. v. Schumacher, 56 Wn.2d 46, 351 P.2d 124 (1960).