There are always a few items we’ve read during the week that deserve more attention but don’t make it into our regular posts. So we bundle them for the Friday roundup.
Here’s this week’s bundle:
Associated Press: Florida Legislature: Require 2/3 vote for future tax hikes
Florida voters will decide this fall whether to make it harder for state legislators to raise taxes or fees in the future.
The Florida Legislature on Monday placed a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would require a two-thirds vote by lawmakers to approve any tax increases.
With the Alaskan Way Viaduct scheduled for demolition in less than a year, the Seattle City Council is considering whether and how much to make certain property owners pay to help build a park-studded promenade along the downtown waterfront.
The council could vote as soon as May on a resolution letting the public know about its intent to create a local-improvement district (LID) and as soon as October on an ordinance that would make the LID real. Authorized by state law, LIDs allow cities to raise money for infrastructure projects by charging nearby property owners who stand to benefit through property-value increases.
Wall Street Journal: Trump Administration Joins States in Push to Expand Online Sales-Tax Collections
The Trump administration on Monday urged the Supreme Court to expand states’ authority to collect sales tax on internet transactions, joining a chorus of state officials seeking to overrule a 1992 precedent exempting many online retailers from having to add taxes to a consumer’s final price.
In 1992, the justices “did not and could not anticipate the development of modern e-commerce,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote in a friend-of the-court brief. “In light of internet retailers’ pervasive and continuous virtual presence in the states where their websites are accessible, the states have ample authority to require those retailers to collect state sales taxes owed by their customers.”
Associated Press: Hiring surge added 313k jobs in February, most in 1 1/2 years
U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, the most in any month since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.
At the same time, average wages rose 2.6 percent over the past 12 months, a slowdown from January’s accelerated pace, which had spooked investors because it raised fears of high inflation. Friday’s jobs report from the government revised down January’s year-over-year wage gain by one-tenth of a point to 2.8 percent.
Seattle’s affordability problems are well-documented: It’s the hottest housing market in the country, with an exploding population that outpaces the number of new houses and apartments being built.
…With cities like Seattle filling up and running out of space, suburban leaders are exploring ways to pick up some slack. At the Economic Forecast Conference, put on by the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, the mayors of nearby cities Everett, Kirkland and Auburn discussed the balance they are trying to achieve between a regional approach that welcomes the growth coming to the Seattle area, while also protecting the residents and businesses already there.