This morning the Council held a hearing to continue their deliberations over the proposed soda tax. Most of the time was dedicated to two panels: one of small business owners, and one of government and healthcare professionals.
(trigger warning: math ahead, but not the scary kind)
Continue reading Understanding the soda tax proposal
The Mayor has proposed a new sales tax on sugary beverages. In the Council’s first discussion on the new tax, it quickly became clear that there is significant disagreement on one big issue: how to spend the proceeds.
Continue reading Soda tax: it’s complicated.
This afternoon voted to adopt a resolution that affirms the city’s intent to “begin consideration of a progressive income tax ordinance by May 31, 2017, with the goal of Full Council passage by July 10, 2017.”
Continue reading Council passes resolution on income tax; now the hard work begins
There’s a lot happening, legislatively-speaking, this week in City Hall, including consideration of two new taxes.
Continue reading This week in Council Chamber: a taxing week
Monday, Council member Herbold will introduce a resolution affirming the city’s intention to pass an income tax ordinance by mid-July.
Continue reading Resolution on local income tax coming on Monday
The outcome of yesterday’s Council budget meeting tops the news this morning.
Continue reading News roundup: budget decisions
The Mayor’s proposed budget quietly included an increase to the fee for a marijuana business license. Now the Council is looking at making that a much bigger increase, and people are now paying attention.
Continue reading Marijuana license fees going up, possibly way up
Yesterday in the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee, the proposed tax increase for solid waste services and the accompanying rate increases for Seattle Public Utilities were approved and sent on to the full Council for final approval next week.
Continue reading SPU solid waste rate increase passes out of committee
Good morning, and happy Monday! Let’s get to the news — and remember to vote!
Continue reading News roundup: election time