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McKenna on KIRO: Gun purchase waiting periods and “red flag” laws

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a California law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that upheld the law. Ross also asked about “red flag” laws in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. Ross: “There was a pretty vigorous dissent written by Clarence Thomas. What was his … [Read More]

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State tax increases: There’s simply no need

It happens every year: Work in Olympia on the state budget doesn’t really get underway until the revenue forecast comes out. Then, lawmakers have a clearer idea of … [Read More]

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McKenna on KIRO: Federal law protecting graffiti?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of New York, where the owner of an unused factory building in Queens painted over graffiti art. A judge granted … [Read More...]

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Jason Mercier

Lawmakers receive capital gains tax lesson in Seattle income tax ruling

There is a very important lesson for Governor Inslee and lawmakers from last week's court ruling invalidating Seattle's income tax. In rejecting Seattle's argument that its income tax is actually an excise tax, Judge Ruhl said you can't redefine an income tax as an excise tax to get around legal restrictions. Judge Ruhl pointed to this prior state Supreme Court ruling: "Jensen … [Read More]