Meanwhile, some are slated to reopen, and some have already been replaced — and new restaurant openings continue at an unprecedented pace.
Source: 3 surprising Seattle restaurant closures — plus 11 more | The Seattle Times
Seattle’s gun tax brought in much less than expected in its first year, according to information the city was forced to release.
Source: Seattle collected much less than predicted from gun tax
[Ed.: They could care less about gun owners’ privacy – fact is they’d probably love to “out” them – this was all about protecting a bad political decision based on bad data from city staff. If there was ever a more inept city council, it’d have to be Baltimore, MD or Detroit, MI from a few years ago.]
More than $3 million has poured into the race — more than for some recent U.S. congressional races in Washington. The winner will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control Washington’s state Senate.
Source: In high-profile state Senate race, Democrat Manka Dhingra leads Republican Jinyoung Englund | The Seattle Times
King County Proposition 1, a sales tax for arts, sciences, and cultural programs, is trailing in early election results Tuesday night.
Source: King County Prop. 1 failing in early results
[Ed.: Finally King County voters have found a tax they cannot abide. Will wonders never cease? Oh, wait, they’re not done counting the votes so there’s always hope that someone will find a dump truck full of ballots that go 99 to 1 for the proposition. Don’t put it past some of the folks that support this garbage.]
The Freedom Foundation has announced it will take up Seattle’s challenge and face the city in court over its recently approved income tax.
Source: Seattle income tax has its first challenger
After the Seattle City Council unanimously approved an income tax on the wealthy, Washington State GOP chairman Susan Hutchison came to voice opposition to it.
Source: State GOP Chairman Susan Hutchison speaks against income tax
Washington state Republicans say that Governor Jay Inslee vetoed portions of the budget that were hard fought for deals to get it done.
Source: Republicans have trust issues with Gov. Jay Inslee
[Ed.: That’s ’cause he’s a lying, cheating, dirty double-crosser who’s mama wears Army boots. There should have been a rider that stipulated that if any portion agreed to was vetoed, the deal was invalid. I’m not sure how you do that technically with legislation, but there’s one thing you can count on never to happen again: The Washington State Republican caucuses to ever to take “Dirty Double-crossing Jay Inslee” at his word ever again.]
SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle’s City Council voted 9-0 on Monday to impose an income tax on the wealthy. Seattle’s highest earners would become the only Washington state residents to pay an income tax. The measure is likely headed to court to decide its constitutionality.
Source: Seattle approves income tax for high-income residents | KOMO
[Ed.: 9 elected officials in Seattle and not one has a lick of sense. They do not understand or care that their powers are superseded by the state’s power. Seattle voters/taxpayers who oppose this silliness might as well be talking to a brick wall.]
The Senate has passed a paid family leave measure that covers time off with a new child, sick relative or time for the employee’s own medical condition.
Source: Washington Legislature passes paid family leave measure
[Ed.: Right, ’cause we haven’t driven our economy into the ground yet with unaffordable healthcare yet, so it’s time to pile on more to employers of our state.]
Details of the budget plan remained sketchy Thursday, but the proposal is expected to increase property taxes in school districts like Seattle, Bellevue and Lake Washington, Democratic lawmakers said.
Source: New Washington state budget would provide $7.3B more to public schools over four years | The Seattle Times