Seattle is preparing to pass a literal tax on jobs. On May 14, City Council is scheduled to vote on an ” employee head tax ,” which would impose a 26 cent levy on every hour worked by an employee at companies making more than $20 million a year.
Seattle would like you to suck a little less. That’s the message from last week’s decision by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to prohibit the city’s food service industry from offering plastic straws and utensils with their meals.
Source: Seattle’s Straw Ban Sucks
Seattle’s ” almost certainly illegal ” income tax, passed last month, is already the subject of three separate lawsuits charging that it is, well, illegal. The latest was filed yesterday by the Freedom Foundation—a conservative think tank in Washington state—and Seattle law firm Lane Powell PC, who say the new city-level 2.25 percent levy on high income earners clearly violates state law and the state constitution. “The first issue with it,” Freedom Foundation attorney David Dewhirst says, “is that it’s plainly illegal.