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Washington State’s tax system is the least fair among the states, as I’ve previously blogged about here. But while we wait and hope for the State Legislature to fix this unfair situation, Seattle is taking action to jumpstart the conversation. The City Council adopted Resolution 31747 in May, expressing our intent to adopt a progressive income tax on high-income households, and is now considering a proposed ordinance to do just that. You can see the draft legislation here, and a short summary here.
 
Yesterday evening, my committee, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee, held a special meeting and public hearing about the proposal. Councilmembers heard public testimony from 65 members of our community, a majority of whom expressed support for revamping our tax system to something more equitable and fair. The next committee discussions on the city income tax proposal will take place June 21 and July 5 at 9:30 a.m. If you wish to view the proceedings, you can watch the live stream on Seattle Channel 21 and on the City Council’s website, or attend in person at Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers, Second Floor, 600 4th Ave., Seattle 98104.
 
I’d like to hear from you on some of the key questions about the proposed income tax. Please click the link below to take a short, anonymous survey about the proposal. Thanks in advance for taking the time.
Take the Survey
Councilmember Tim Burgess

Email: tim.burgess@seattle.gov
Phone: (206) 684-8806
Online: Council Website
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David Garrow: Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
Reading in progress; this is a hulk of a book, more than 1,500 pages. The details are intimate and unbelievably thorough.































 
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