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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Public Records Show ... City of Seattle Thumbs Nose at New Tax Law

Here is a posting from the Association of Washington Business blog, Olympia Business Watch. Note the link in the posting called "e-mail from the city's tax manager." It contains an email--obtained via the Public Records Act--from the city's tax chief saying the following about a new state tax law the city didn't like:

"I think when we adopt the provisions of [the new tax law], we are not going to do exactly what [the Legislature has] directed and see if anyone challenges what we do."

Who is it that oversaw the defense of the city's conscious decision to ignore the law "and see if anyone challenges what we do"? Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr, who is also Gov. Gregoire's pick to chair the Sunshine Committee.