Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is encouraging wealthy citizens to file lawsuits against the city, as he is willing to fight any legal battle for Seattle’s new tax system.
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a measure imposing a tax hike on the city’s wealthiest citizens Monday, a move that falls in line with Seattle’s recent political trend toward equality.
The new measure is expected to produce $140 million in new revenue for the city, by instituting a 2.25% tax on individuals making more than $250,000 a year, and married couples making more than $500,000 a year.
Announcing the passage of the measure in front of a raucous crowd Monday, Mayor Murray welcomed lawsuits against the bill.
“Our goal is to replace our regressive tax system with a new formula for fairness, while ensuring Seattle stands up to President Trump’s austere budget that cuts transportation, affordable housing, healthcare, and social services,” the mayor wrote in an email after the city council passed the measure.
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