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Building political will and finding public revenue for early care and learning

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Another loophole for the wealthy? Estate tax technicality may result in millions lost from education budget

Washington’s estate tax, which applies to the sons and daughters of wealthy estate owners, provides dedicated funding for public schools and public higher education in Washington state, including tuition assistance. But a recent decision by the Washington Supreme Court has opened up

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity

WA Senate keeps creating more tax loopholes

It’s the job of the Legislature to make sure our kids get a good education, open the doors to higher education, keep us safe at home and on our roads, and to maintain parks for our recreation, enjoyment, and quality

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Washington’s Estate Tax: Revenue for Higher Education and Early Learning

Washington’s Estate Tax: Revenue for Higher Education and Early Learning

February 24, 2010

Washington has had an inheritance or estate tax since 1901. The United States has had an estate tax in place since 1916. Initiative 920, which would have repealed Washington’s estate tax in November 2006, was resoundingly defeated by the people,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

The Estate Tax: Paying it forward keeps the American Dream alive

Washington legislators have introduced House Bill 3184, which if passed will double the state’s current estate tax rates. (The bottom bracket is now 10%, and it tops out at 19% on estates over $11 million). It’s a sensible way  to help

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity

Ax It or Tax It: $241.8 million for an interstate commerce fuel tax break and an increase in the state estate tax

Today’s suggested exemptions to ax and sins to tax: $176 million | End the sales tax exemption on fuel and other items used in interstate commerce. Air, rail, and water transportation companies engaged in interstate or foreign commerce are exempt

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

News and views: The big recovery; Latest job figures; WA tax ranking; Estate tax; Women’s wages

Nafzblog -> The Big W Recovery: The nature of unemployment has changed. The percentage of the unemployed who are considered by employers “permanently unemployed” is the highest in history. This combined with a lack of political will for a second

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security

Test your state budgeting chops with YouBudget

Washington is facing a budget deficit of historic proportions, and legislators are trying to deal with the shortfall while protecting Washington’s quality of life and building a strong future for our kids. Now you can try your hand at balancing

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

What is a fair share of taxes?

Combing the tax code to find every possible (legal!) deduction, offset or credit is a time-honored tradition for Americans during income tax season. But our tax laws don’t treat all income equally — which means some people pay far less

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform
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