Seattle's rich should engage in upper-class "civil disobedience" and refuse to pay their city taxes, Washington state's Republican leaders said.
After the city of Seattle passed a new income tax on households earning more than $500,000, the Washington State Republican Party called for taxpayers to "forcefully resist" the tax by refusing pay, file or comply with it.
"It deserves nothing less than civil disobedience," the state GOP said in a statement.
Last week, Seattle's city council passed a 2.25 percent tax on income above $250,000 for individual filers and income over $500,000 for couples. Washington state has no personal income tax, and until Seattle's tax, no city in the state collected income tax.
State GOP Chairman Susan Hutchison told CNBC there is a "tax fatigue" among everyone in Washington, not just the rich.
"We are so taxed, despite not having an income tax. Our property taxes are sky high and we have the highest sales tax in the country. In fact, we are one of the most highly taxed states in the entire country per capita. So adding an income tax is a huge burden and everyone is feeling it," she said in an interview with "Power Lunch" on Wednesday.
Seattle is seeing a massive wealth boom from growing tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft, yet the gains aren't being spread evenly. Soaring housing prices are squeezing out middle-class families and lower-income earners from many neighborhoods and creating a shortage of affordable housing, local officials say.
Seattle's outgoing mayor called the tax "a new formula for fairness."