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By Dan Newhouse

An income tax in Washington is unconstitutional


Last updated 6/16/2021 at 7:48am

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: An income tax in Washington state is unconstitutional.

Democrats in our state legislature recently passed Engrossed Senate Substitute Bill (ESSB) 5096, a bill that would impose a new 7% tax on capital gains in Washington state.

However, according to the Washington State Constitution, property cannot be taxed at a rate greater than one percent, an...

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