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Strategic Pathways Toward Statewide Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten in Washington State

Strategic Pathways Toward Statewide Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten in Washington State

July 1, 2004

Our system of free universal public education for children ages five through eighteen is the cornerstone for creating opportunity and advancement for the vast majority of American children. In this new century, we must insure that the students beginning public school are prepared

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Strategic Pathways Toward Statewide Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten in Washington State

Strategic Pathways Toward Statewide Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten in Washington State

July 1, 2004

Our system of free universal public education for children ages five through eighteen is the cornerstone for creating opportunity and advancement for the vast majority of American children. In this new century, we must insure that the students beginning public school are prepared

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

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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

A Better Alternative to the Bush Tax Cut: Could the differences be any clearer?

A Better Alternative to the Bush Tax Cut: Could the differences be any clearer?

March 24, 2004

Sending a one-time $500 prosperity dividend to every legal permanent resident of the United States would do far more than George W. Bush’s tax plan to provide an immediate boost to the economy and promote our nation’s long term economic

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Focus on Early Learning: Lessons from the French école maternelles

Focus on Early Learning: Lessons from the French école maternelles

January 15, 2004

The French-American Foundation and the Economic Opportunity Institute believe that the most successful elements of France’s century-old preschool system of école maternelle offer interesting lessons and insights for Washington. France’s école maternelle program is an internationally renowned system of free, universal, high-quality pre-kindergarten education. Although

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

Early Learning and Care Survey Results

Early Learning and Care Survey Results

August 15, 2003

Early childhood education is increasingly being accepted as a public responsibility, rather than viewed as solely the responsibility of families. Changes in the workforce and demands from parents for high-quality child care, federal and state education reform efforts, and local

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

It’s Not Just the Recession: The Budget Crisis and Washington State’s Structural Deficit

It’s Not Just the Recession: The Budget Crisis and Washington State’s Structural Deficit

July 1, 2003

How fast should government and government spending grow? Do they need to grow at all? These questions are an important part of the on-going debate over Washington state’s budget and tax system. In order for state services to meet the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Tax Incentives: Review or Remove

Tax Incentives: Review or Remove

March 1, 2003

Washington state’s tax code allows for over 430 tax preferences which provided $46 billion dollars in savings for various taxpayers during the 1999-01 fiscal biennium. For the most part, tax preferences in Washington are not subject to a comprehensive review

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Washington’s Estate Tax and the 2003 Legislature

Washington’s Estate Tax and the 2003 Legislature

February 10, 2003

SB 5186 / HB1401 and SB 5418 have been introduced in the 2003 legislature. These bills would phase out Washington’s estate tax by 2005. Washington state has the most regressive tax structure in the country, with low and middle income

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform
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