Seattle Times Letter to the Editor: Income Tax

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

To the Editor,

“All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

So reads Article I, Section 1, entitled “Political Power” in the Washington State Constitution.

One might be forgiven for thinking that Democratic lawmakers who recently filed an amicus brief in support of the illegal Seattle income tax with the State Court of Appeals have forgotten it.

As the Washington Policy Center correctly pointed out, this issue has been heard not once, but twice by the State Supreme Court, and Washington voters have, on numerous occasions, voted down constitutional amendments that would overturn those rulings.

Our State and Federal Constitutions exist not only to enumerate the powers granted to government by the people, but to set forth clear limits on that power. Moreover, the State Appeals and Supreme Courts do not exist to circumvent the rules when lawmakers find them inconvenient, or the voters they’re purported to represent repeatedly vote NO on their latest tax-and-spend schemes.

We have problems in Washington State, but when lawmakers seek to undermine the foundational principles of government, they are part of the problem.