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Achieving High-Quality Early Learning and Care in Washington State

Achieving High-Quality Early Learning and Care in Washington State

September 1, 2005

High-quality early learning and care programs improve the academic achievement, health, and well-being of young children and pave the way for their success later in life. Extensive research has shown that with high-quality, comprehensive early learning and care, children do better in school,

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Washington’s Gas Tax in Historical Perspective

Washington’s Gas Tax in Historical Perspective

August 1, 2005

In 2005 the Washington state legislature approved an increase in gasoline and other transportation taxes to fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements over the next 16 years. On July 1, 2005, the gas tax went up 3 cents per gallon

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Unearned Income Tax in Washington: Building Resources for the Greater Good

Unearned Income Tax in Washington: Building Resources for the Greater Good

March 1, 2005

Washington’s current state tax system is inadequate to support the public services necessary to a vital economy. According to a national report on state taxation, “CEOs in Washington worry about whether the state is willing to provide the services they

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Washington’s Estate Tax: Protecting Our State’s Resources

Washington’s Estate Tax: Protecting Our State’s Resources

March 1, 2005

The estate tax dates back to 1901 in Washington State and until very recently was the  only progressive tax in Washington’s otherwise very regressive state tax system.  In a  decision issued February 3, 2005, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Washington Tax and Revenue: Where do we go from here?

Washington Tax and Revenue: Where do we go from here?

March 1, 2005

State government services are essential to the health and well-being of all state residents. The public schools, institutions of higher education, transportation infrastructure, justice system, regulation of workplace safety, protection of the environment, social safety nets, and other public services

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Washington State Career and Wage Ladder Evaluation

February 15, 2005

The most important elements of high-quality early childhood education are the compensation, consistency, and education and training of child care teachers. The Washington State Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder is a successful public-private partnership between the state and

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Washington State Schools Kindergarten Survey 2004

Washington State Schools Kindergarten Survey 2004

September 2, 2004

More than 20 years of research validate the critically important role that high-quality early learning has on a child’s school readiness, academic achievement, and lifelong earnings while decreasing juvenile and adult crime. Aware of this research, parents, teachers, educators, administrators,

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Beyond the Mandate: An Analysis of a Survey of School District Early Learning Programs in Washington State

Beyond the Mandate: An Analysis of a Survey of School District Early Learning Programs in Washington State

September 1, 2004

Early learning programs, such as pre-kindergarten and extended-day or full-day kindergarten, are increasingly considered critical components in preparing children for academic success. Armed with consistent research linking high-quality early learning to a child’s success, school districts around the state have gone beyond

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An Incremental Approach to Improve Washington State’s Tax System: A Proposal for a Tax on High-Income Households

An Incremental Approach to Improve Washington State’s Tax System: A Proposal for a Tax on High-Income Households

September 1, 2004

Washington state’s tax system is antiquated and unsuited for the 21st century economy. The state’s heavy reliance on sales taxes gives Washington the most regressive tax system in the  nation. The current array of taxes also does not produce revenues

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Financial Insecurity Lingers for Washington Families

Financial Insecurity Lingers for Washington Families

September 1, 2004

After three dismal years of job loss, employment numbers in Washington are turning up. But recession, loss of high-paying jobs, and the slow recovery have taken a big toll on working families in Washington state and across the nation. The

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy
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