This Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Deadly Use of Force Law, Sales Tax Credit, and Evictions

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

02/08/2019 By Anne Dennon

Progressive Taxation

Democratic Lawmakers Push a Sales Tax Exemption for Low-Income Households

State lawmakers already approved this program in 2008—but then the recession hit. It was never fully funded.

02/07/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Should Washington Ditch a "Tampon Tax"? Here's Why It's Complicated.

Council member Teresa Mosqueda wants Seattle to lead by exempting menstrual products from the sales tax.

02/01/2019 By Anne Dennon

City Council

Seattle Income Tax Heads to Council for a Vote

The city council approved the bill out of the finance committee on Wednesday.

07/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

How Regressive Is the Mayor's Sales Tax Proposal for Homelessness?

The sales tax is regressive, but experts say just slightly more so than a Seattle property tax.

04/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Fizz

Equating Light Rail with Crime and Other Holiday Weekend Screeds

Cantwell, light rail, pot, Richard Conlin, Gregoire's sales tax proposal, sports stadium in SODO, and more.

12/26/2011 By Morning Fizz

ThinkTank

Progressives Debate Sales Tax

Is a proposed sales tax a regressive hit on working people, or the only way out of the state budget crisis? And what about an income tax? We asked activist Dorli Rainey (anti sales tax) to debate the lefty Washington Budget & Policy Center (pro) for this

12/06/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

The C is for Crank

Working Families Tax Credit Benefits Families. Single or Childless, Not So Much.

Progressive groups are supporting a proposed sales tax increase because it includes a rebate for working families with kids. Emphasis on families and kids.

11/30/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Poll: Majority Support Sales Tax, But Plurality Prefers Cuts

A new poll finds that most voters support Gregoire's proposed half-cent sales tax over an all-cuts budget.

11/28/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

The Most Politically Important Reaction

Tuesday Edition. Caffeinated news & gossip starring: Gregoire, the AWB, McGinn, Inslee, plastic bags, Bellevue, and much more.

11/21/2011 By Morning Fizz

Opinion

A Troubling Sign for King County Tax Increase?

Election results in a suburban Washington county could be a bad omen for an upcoming King County sales-tax vote.

08/18/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

A Work-Free Drug Zone

05/24/2010 By Morning Fizz