Jenny Durkan on Cary’s Moon’s Proposal to Tax “Foreign Buyers”

Jenny Durkan on Cary’s Moon’s Proposal to Tax “Foreign Buyers”

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Seattle (August 22) – Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan issued the following statement on her continued opposition to Cary Moon’s proposal to tax “foreign buyers” after a Seattle Times story, which revealed that the Seattle City Attorney’s Office declared the proposal “illegal” and the King County assessor has denounced the entire approach, saying such taxes are “unneeded and could stoke anti-Asian sentiments.”

“There’s no doubt that the defining issue for the next mayor is the affordability crisis, which is why I have proposed specific solutions to address the issue. However, creating government databases based on national origin and imposing taxes on foreign investors is illegal, contrary to our progressive values, and wrong. It is also not a real solution. It’s unfortunate that Cary Moon is doubling down on her plans, which officials across Seattle are rejecting because of concerns that it’s discriminatory and illegal.”