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Four solutions for Washington state’s budget dilemma

Adopting a budget will be the main task of Washington’s legislature in 2015. The state’s elected leaders face a big challenge. Income inequality is constricting family budgets and the whole economy, here in Washington and nationwide. Washington also has an

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

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

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

May 17, 2013

The Inadequacy Problem: The Great Recession and painfully slow recovery have resulted in five years of fiscal crisis for Washington. But the state began ratcheting down the level of spending on public education at least two decades ago. In the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services, K-12 Education

Intensive early education: A better bang for the buck than primary and secondary school?

By Kevin Drum, excerpted from Mother Jones: Jon Cohn has an eye-opening piece in The New Republic, “The Two Year Window,” about advances in the science of early childhood development. It opens with a description of the Bucharest Early Intervention

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Posted in Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Yes on I-1098: Voters should pass tax reform proposal

From The Columbian: Initiative 1098, the tax reform proposal offered by Bill Gates Sr., will be good for Washington, and particularly beneficial for Southwest Washington. I-1098 will result in new investments in education and health care, tax cuts for small

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care, Progressive Tax Reform
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