Freedom Foundation

Statement On The Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision Not To Hear Arguments On Seattle’s Proposed Income Tax

“The Washington State Supreme Court today respected almost a century of case law — and the repeatedly expressed will of state residents — by slapping down the city of Seattle’s brazenly unconstitutional income tax proposal,” said Tom McCabe, CEO of the Freedom Foundation, which filed one of several lawsuits against the plan two years ago.

“By refusing to hear the case, the court clearly sent a message that convoluted legal interpretations hatched behind closed doors are no substitute for unambiguous law. Hopefully telling the city and their cohorts in organized labor their scheme wasn’t even worth considering will send a message not to try this again.”

“At the end of the day, even residents of deep-blue Washington recognize they’re already being overtaxed, and no matter what lies anyone tells you, opening the door to an income tax isn’t just going to shift the tax burden onto someone else. It’s going to raise the bar for everyone.”

“This is a great day for the taxpayers of this state, and the court deserves credit for doing the right thing. But so, too, to the plaintiffs who bravely stood up to the council and filed lawsuits — including the one filed by the Freedom Foundation — protesting this injustice. They’re true heroes, and their outrage was vindicated today.”