This week, we consider your taxes
Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Chris Vance, co-chair of the Washington Independents, Erica C. Barnett, writer at "The C is For Crank," and Joni Balter, host of Civic Cocktail on the Seattle Channel.
Governor Jay Inslee announced several sweeping new proposals to address climate change and mental health care in the state this week. But the biggest news were his proposed taxes -- including a 9 percent capital gains tax, with some exemptions.
The question is, will enough Democrats in Olympia go along with him?
Also this week, Seattle city officials are delaying action on a tax on downtown property owners to pay for a new waterfront park and promenade. Officials haven't been able to successfully negotiate with property owners who want the city to reduce the $200 million proposed tax. Who should pay for the space? And what happens if the property owners just say no?
Plus, some of our U.S. representatives made news this week: Retiring congressman Dave Reichert said he would "end every investigation right now" in Congress and that he would prefer to "let the law enforcement agencies conduct their investigations."
Meanwhile, Congressman Denny Heck, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said he believes "the writing's on the wall, the walls are closing in, and this is the beginning of the end for the Trump Administration."
And a report out from the Washington Health Alliance says Washingtonians spent an estimated $341 million on unnecessary health care expenses last year. We ask: Who gets to decide what counts as unnecessary?
Finally, who has the higher moral ground, people with real Christmas trees, or people with fake ones?
What do you think?
We'd love to hear your thoughts.