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What If WA Leveraged Our Aerospace Advantages?

Boeing woke up to a rude surprise on Tuesday. The Chicago-based corporation thought they had gotten the Trump Administration to stymie their competition from Quebec-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier through a monumental 300 percent tariff. But instead, the French Canadians tossed

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If Olympia won’t take action, Seattle should lead the way on education, housing, more

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 121 years ago that racial segregation was legal. Its decision, in Plessy vs. Ferguson, became the law of the land, embedding Jim Crow laws and habits in the South and the North, disenfranchising blacks, creating

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Progressive Tax Reform

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run

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What Washington got for Boeing’s $305 million tax break

Last week Boeing reported that it had skipped out on $305 million in taxes in 2015. Back in 2013, the Legislature enacted a special Boeing exemption from business taxes. The legislative intent was to keep jobs in Washington. But that

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Legislators have another chance to fix tax breaks, keep Boeing jobs in WA

I recently purchased a T-shirt from the Boeing store for my daughter, who is fan of the 737. It says, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!” That may be true for her — but Boeing jobs are certainly on

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Follow the money and fix the state budget

Now that the Legislature is back at work, they have to find the revenues for K-12 education, for higher education, for foster kids, for the mentally ill, for the state patrol, for home care workers and early childhood teachers and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

New ideas for Washington’s tax system

For most people, tax season officially ends in April. But for state policymakers, it’s always open season on taxes. With I-960 in the courts and Washington State in a recession, balancing the state budget next year may prove to be

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Lost Revenue, Lost Opportunities: Tax Exemptions in Washington State

Lost Revenue, Lost Opportunities: Tax Exemptions in Washington State

April 1, 2004

Washington state’s tax code includes over 500 tax exemptions, deductions, credits, and other breaks worth an estimated $64.7 billion during the 2003-05 biennium. Some of these tax breaks benefit everyone in the state, while others benefit selected industries or even

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High Tech R&D Tax Breaks

High Tech R&D Tax Breaks

December 1, 2003

In 1994 the Washington legislature passed two tax incentive measures for high technology firms conducting research and development in advanced computing, advanced materials,  biotechnology, electronic device technology, and environmental technology. Both of these laws are scheduled to expire in 2004.

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