Officially, Philadelphia’s much loathed soda tax—the highest such tax in the country—was approved as a way to generate revenue for the city’s new pre-K program. Unofficially, like all vice taxes, it was intended to reduce Philadelphians’ consumption of sugary beverages—though it has mostly just changed where people buy soda and hasn’t improved public health at all.
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.
Earlier this summer, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Calif.) introduced a bill that could dramatically change the ways states tax and regulate interstate commerce, including commerce in agriculture and food. The bill, known as the No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017, would bar states from regulating or taxing many businesses that don’t physically operate within their borders.
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.
New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, is expected to announce on Monday a tax on the wealthiest residents in the city to pay for much-needed improvements for the city’s deteriorating subway system, according to multiple reports.
I like how anyone with whom the author disagrees is morally bankrupt and not worth listening to. Progressivism at its worst. It’s always so easy to take other people’s property for the “greater good.”