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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Spokane Proposition 2 would outlaw a local income tax, as courts weigh legality of Seattle measure

Sponsor Michael Cathcart said the measure is intended to make sure the city remains competitive in business recruitment.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 7:55 a.m.

Washington voters can ‘advise’ on a dozen tax changes, but lawmakers can ignore them

A dozen advisory votes are on the November ballot.


Google pays France over $1 billion to settle tax case

Tech giant Google said Thursday it has paid over one billion dollars to French authorities to settle a years-long dispute over allegations of tax fraud.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.


Scam ads promoting fake tax breaks prosper on Facebook

Scam ads featuring state governor photos and fake solar energy tax breaks prospered on Facebook for more than a year.


Seattle OKs $160 million tax for new waterfront park

Seattle approved a $160 million component of its plan to redevelop the city’s central waterfront, as the City Council approved a special tax on downtown property owners.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Macron caves in to French protesters – too late, they say

The French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility price hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a “first step” and vowed to fight on …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Washington state lawmakers call for limits on plastic bags

Washington legislators, environmental leaders want to limit the use of plastic bags.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 14, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Lopsided I-1634 campaign, with millions from soda industry, blankets airwaves

The I-1634 campaign is blanketing the airwaves with advertisements that raise the specter of looming local grocery taxes, while making little or no mention of the sweetened beverages produced by …


Boise proposes tax increase, new police hires in next year’s budget

With a booming population and increasing demand for services, the city of Boise has focused its proposed fiscal year 2019 budget on keeping pace with city needs and large projects.


Jordan PM quits over mass protests against tax increases

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and reportedly tapped a leading reformer as a successor, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests …


Church officials: Holy Sepulchre to remain closed

Leaders of the two largest Christian denominations in Jerusalem on Monday said the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will remain closed indefinitely to protest an Israeli attempt to tax their …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Hungary seeks to punish those who aid illegal migration

A new set of laws would tax and possibly sanction Hungarian groups assisting illegal migration which receive foreign funding, Hungary’s government said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

Senate OKs tax bill as Trump, GOP near big legislative win

Republicans used a burst of eleventh-hour horse-trading to edge a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill to the brink of Senate passage Friday, as a party starved all year for a …


Oregon Supreme Court affirms Portland arts tax

The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Portland’s art tax.


Online amnesty program aims to boost tax rolls

More than half the states with sales taxes are using a temporary amnesty program to corral scofflaw online businesses into their tax systems, just in time to reap sales taxes …


White House said to release some tax plan details next month

White House tax negotiators and congressional leaders are still planning to release a document in September outlining agreed-upon principles that will serve as a framework for a tax bill, according …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Sex crime arrests in Benton County mount as public safety sales taxes roll in

Two and a half years after Benton County voters approved a public safety sales tax, one of the more surprising outcomes is a rise in the number of people arrested …


GOP targets trillion-dollar tax breaks for Democratic states

Conservative activists and House Republican leaders want to eliminate a trillion-dollar tax break that mostly benefits wealthy filers in Democratic states, a push that could further imperil President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Tax Day demonstrators in US take on Trump, his supporters

Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters have marched through streets across America demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine …


Montana House kills bill to raise tobacco taxes

The Montana House has killed a bill to hike tobacco taxes after Democrats failed to muster enough votes to bring the measure to the floor for debate.


Seattle gun-sale tax raises less than $200,000 in first year

A city leader says Seattle’s tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition brought in less than $200,000 in its first year.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:37 p.m.

Review shows Otter has achieved $1 billion in tax cuts

Gov. Butch Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers added …


Some fear California’s e-cigarette tax may deter smokers from making switch

Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes – a trend that …


Spokane Valley City Council pauses push for new utility tax

Businesses and residents angered by a proposed utility tax spent the weekend pressuring Spokane Valley City Council members to reconsider the new tax. Their efforts worked.


Bernie Sanders’ economic plan would pile $18 trillion on federal debt, study says

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tax and spending proposals would provide new levels of health and education benefits for American families, but they’d also blow an $18-trillion hole in federal deficits, piling …


5-cent charge for plastic bags set to be imposed in NYC

Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city’s sanitation department …


Spokane voters to decide on polishing Riverfront Park, fixing streets

There was little controversy at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting, where discussion centered on two big tax measures: to revitalize Riverfront Park and continue funding for street maintenance. Voters may …


Local governments hope to avoid side effects of federal tax order

Local governments are fighting a federal order to send the IRS 3 percent of what they owe their suppliers and contractors. Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton estimates the unfunded congressional …


Council to weigh tab tax uses

A proposed $20 annual tax on vehicles that was foundering in December has found new life in the new year. The Spokane City Council studied the tax for several months, …