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Ax It or Tax It: Tax breaks for coal and private schools, leveraging additional Medicaid payments, and new sin taxes

  Today’s suggested exemptions to ax and sins to tax: $10.9 million | Sales tax on out of state coal. Coal burned by a Centralia power plant was exempted from sales tax when 70% was purchased locally, to help preserve

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

A Healthier Washington Through Increased Health Care Coverage and Reduced Tobacco Use: An Analysis of I-773

A Healthier Washington Through Increased Health Care Coverage and Reduced Tobacco Use: An Analysis of I-773

August 1, 2001

Twenty-eight percent of people below the age of 65 with incomes below, at, or near poverty do not have health coverage. Public policy and the private sector are failing to insure many low and moderate-income working families in Washington state.

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The Tobacco Industry and Marketing to Youth

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing to Youth

August 1, 2001

Smoking Habits Start Young and Die Hard Almost 90% of adult smokers begin their habits at or before age 18, making kids an essential  market for tobacco advertisers. Each year in Washington, 24,000 teenagers become new daily smokers. Youth smoking

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The Health and Economic Costs of Tobacco

The Health and Economic Costs of Tobacco

August 1, 2001

Smoking Rates in Washington State Smoking among youth is on the rise. Five percent of 6th graders, 15% of 8th graders, 25% of 10th graders, and 29% of 12th graders smoke. There was a 38% increase from 1990 to 1998

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Impacts of Initiative 773

Impacts of Initiative 773

August 1, 2001

I-773 will raise the current Washington state cigarette tax by $0.60 and impose a comparable surtax on other tobacco products. The additional tax revenues ($160 million in fiscal year 2003) will be used to: expand access to the Basic Health

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Expanding the Basic Health Plan Through Increasing Cigarette Taxes: A Public Policy Partnership for Good Health

Expanding the Basic Health Plan Through Increasing Cigarette Taxes: A Public Policy Partnership for Good Health

November 1, 2000

Health care insurance is fundamental to Americans’ quality of life and peace of mind. Unfortunately, our  health care system, which relies on a patchwork of voluntary employer and government sponsored health  insurance, has failed to insure health care for millions

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