Seattle Passes Special Tax On Wealthy People – Judge Rules It’s Illegal

The city council of Seattle is incredibly far left. They recently decided to push forward with an effort to punish wealthy citizens with a special tax. However, a judge has ruled that the tax is against the law.

The Seattle Times reports:

Seattle’s income tax on the wealthy is illegal, judge rules

Seattle’s income tax on wealthy households failed its first legal test Wednesday, with a King County Superior Court ruling that the measure is illegal.

In a summary judgment, Judge John R. Ruhl agreed with multiple challengers that the city ordinance adopted in July is not authorized under state law.

Opponents of Seattle’s so-called “wealth tax” immediately hailed the ruling as proof that the city long has known the tax was legally flawed, but nonetheless pushed it into law.

“The city knowingly violated several laws in imposing this tax,” said Brian T. Hodges, a senior attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represented several Seattle residents challenging the law. “This ruling is probably the worst scenario for the city and the best scenario for the opponents of the income tax.”

While Wednesday’s decision is “disappointing,” the city intends to appeal it directly to the State Supreme Court, where officials always expected the question to be decided, a spokeswoman for Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said in an email.

This tax is right out of the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren playbook. They think “the rich” can and should pay for everything. Reasonable people know that won’t work.

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