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Proposed income tax bill; Anti-human trafficking campaign; Long-term care tax bills; Tsunami waves in Washington; Local Tonga relief efforts.

Bill would allow creation of local income taxes, but only following tax cuts

State law prohibits income taxes in Washington state, but a proposed bill would allow cities and counties to create income taxes, with a catch.

Under Senate Bill 5554, after local governments cut taxes like the sales tax or property tax, they would be allowed to create income taxes to make up for the funding gap.

”There's no new revenue involved in this whatsoever. It's just a trade-off of progressive taxes for regressive taxes,” said bill sponsor Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle. Read more

Washington giving victims a voice in first of its kind anti-human trafficking campaign

Washington is launching a new anti-human trafficking campaign designed to encourage victims to seek help themselves. It's the first of its kind.

The effort is part of Human Trafficking Prevention Month and brings cities and elected officials across the state together. 

Posters and signs with the words "You Are Not Alone" will be visible in airports, marine ports and other traffic hubs, and they will be translated into several languages. Read more

Washington House passes bill to pause long-term care tax

The Washington House has voted to delay the implementation of a long-term care program and tax amid concerns about the long-term solvency of the program and criticism of the timing of the payroll tax that pays for it. 

Under the measure approved Wednesday, the tax that was set to start this month would be delayed until July 1, 2023, and any premiums that were collected before that date would be refunded. 

Collection of the benefit to pay for things like in-home care, home modifications like wheelchair ramps and rides to the doctor would be delayed from Jan. 1, 2025, until July 1, 2026. The measure now heads to the Senate. Read more

Here's how quickly Tsunami waves could move after a major earthquake in Washington

Maps recently released by the Washington Department of Natural Resources shed light on what Washington's coast might be facing in the aftermath of a 9.0 earthquake. Experts say a major earthquake is likely to happen within the next 50 years.

A tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake would cover low-lying coastal communities under as much as 30, 40 or 50 feet of water, depending on the area, maps show.

However, the maps break ground in other ways - they also look at how fast that water will move. Read more

Community leaders are working to raise money for Tonga. Here's how you can donate

Although Tonga is thousands of miles away, the Polynesian nation is top of mind for many Puget Sound residents. 

The first planeloads of relief aid made it to Tonga on Thursday, five days after the island nation was rocked by an underwater volcanic eruption, triggering a tsunami that has crippled communications. 

6,000 miles away back in Seattle, some local businesses and community leaders are fundraising to bring some relief to those impacted. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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