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Rob McKenna

McCleary comes to a close: Levy swap prevails, funding now fairer

What a long, strange journey it has been. 11 years after it was filed, the McCleary education funding case wound to a close this week. Since the state Supreme Court first ruled on the case in 2012, it has been the Sword of Damocles dangling over state government. I did not agree with the court’s handling of this case at every stage, but that doesn’t change the fact that … [Read More]

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McKenna on KIRO: Facebook and Google not keeping political ad records

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the state Attorney General’s Office filing suit against Facebook and Google for not complying with Washington state law. … [Read More]

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Housing: We can build up, build out, or accept astronomical prices

I am frequently confounded by what passes for housing policy in Seattle. City government has lots of ideas on affordable housing and no clue on how to actually make … [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]