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It appears one of the judges got cold feet and switched his vote -- perhaps after receiving his income tax form in the mail.
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Seattle officials took a big step to change Seattle's tax structure this month by passing an income tax on high earners. It’s the first income tax in Washington state.

A former state Supreme Court justice says the plan could face a tough road in the courts.

Kate and John Walter see themselves as victims of a housing crisis spawned by Seattle's technology boom — but they disagree whether high tech workers like them also should be the solution.

People pack city hall for a hearing on a proposed income tax
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Seattle's City Council has unanimously passed an income tax on high earners in the city. Next stop, court. 

The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based conservative think tank, is already gearing up for a legal challenge against the ordinance.  

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold
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By Monday, Seattle could be the first city in Washington to adopt an income tax. The Seattle City Council's finance committee has approved a tax on high earners, which would go into effect in 2019.

An income tax may be proposed in Seattle as soon as next week. In preparation, the City Council was briefed by economists Wednesday about the financial implications.


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Kim Malcolm talks with Portland city commissioner Steve Novick about a new law designed to reduce income inequality. Publicly traded companies that do business in Portland will face a new tax if their CEO makes 100 times more than the average worker.