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Washington’s Structural Deficit: Without tax reform, pain will outlast recession

Washington’s Structural Deficit: Without tax reform, pain will outlast recession

April 27, 2009

The worldwide recession has struck a major blow to state and local government budgets, including Washington’s. But Washington’s budget woes will outlast the recession because the state also has a structural deficit. Without raising rates or adding new taxes, revenues

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

April 22, 2009

Washington State has been losing ground on education for 15 years, slipping towards the bottom of national rankings in class size and school funding. Our children, workers, and businesses deserve better. The recession highlights how difficult it is to raise

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services, Progressive Tax Reform

A Failing Grade: “High Tuition/High Aid”

A Failing Grade: “High Tuition/High Aid”

April 8, 2009

In the face of impending budget cuts to higher education, Washington policymakers are considering adopting a “high-tuition/high-aid” model of financing. In theory, by significantly increasing tuition, students who can afford it pay more; those students who cannot, benefit from larger financial aid packages

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Paving the Pathways to Quality

Paving the Pathways to Quality

March 17, 2009

Over the last several decades, a large body of rigorous research on early childhood education has repeatedly shown what many in the field already know: teachers are the most central figures in the quality of care. This overarching finding is

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services

Respecting Early Learning: Giving Early Childhood Education Directors and Teachers a Voice

Respecting Early Learning: Giving Early Childhood Education Directors and Teachers a Voice

February 24, 2009

Early learning is the basis for our children’s success in school, in work, and life. High-quality early learning relies on the most critical factors in teacher-child interaction: the teacher’s own professionalism, education, compensation, and morale. But the market for child

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

An Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan for Washington

An Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan for Washington

December 17, 2008

We will not be able to get Washington’s economy – or the nation’s – on track to sustainable growth without rebuilding a financially secure middle class. Working families in Washington state and across the nation were already highly stressed prior

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

A conversation with David Kirp

November 10, 2008

David Kirp is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His body of work includes some fifteen books, as well as many articles that have appeared in leading policy focused social science

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Expanding Washington’s Sales Tax Base

Expanding Washington’s Sales Tax Base

July 1, 2008

The problem: Washington is facing a budget shortfall in 2009 due to rising prices and the national economic downturn. Without new sources of revenue, Washington will have to cut essential services even while demand increases. We will also be forced

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Fairer Taxes for Washington: A High Incomes Tax

Fairer Taxes for Washington: A High Incomes Tax

July 1, 2008

The problem: Washington suffers from an outmoded and regressive tax structure. State and local taxes fall too heavily on low-and middle-income residents, yet public revenues are not sufficient to finance the improvements needed for world-class education and transportation systems. The

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Fairer Taxes for Washington: Taxing high incomes to reduce regressive taxes and improve public services

Fairer Taxes for Washington: Taxing high incomes to reduce regressive taxes and improve public services

April 21, 2008

Washington State’s seventy year-old tax structure is built on an ever-shrinking  base, and taxes fall most heavily on those least able to afford them. This discussion brief outlines options for a limited tax on the highest income households, coupled with

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy
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