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The Washington State Tax Structure Study 2002

November 30, 2002

The Washington State Legislature passed legislation in 2001 requiring an examination of Washington’s current tax system and development of tax alternatives (including the elasticity, equity, and adequacy of the state’s tax system) and development of multiple alternatives. Committee findings and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

The Link Between Early Learning And Care And School Readiness

The Link Between Early Learning And Care And School Readiness

October 1, 2002

Quality child care and early education experiences are essential to help young children enter school ready to succeed. Children who participate in high quality early childhood education programs learn better and are more successful in school. Studies in neurobiology, neurodevelopment,

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The Washington State Budget and the Washington Economy

The Washington State Budget and the Washington Economy

October 1, 2002

With unemployment continuing high and large projected state budget shortfalls, lawmakers in Olympia are facing tough decisions among competing needs and interests. The following basic principles can help guide those decisions in ways that help stimulate – or at least

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Washington State Schools Kindergarten Survey 2001

Washington State Schools Kindergarten Survey 2001

September 2, 2002

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 A Fair Deal at Work, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Extending the Retail Sales Tax to Services in Washington State

Extending the Retail Sales Tax to Services in Washington State

September 1, 2002

The state retail sales tax applies to purchases of materials and property and to some services, including construction services, property rental, landscaping, and dating services. Many services are exempt, including professional services such as accounting and engineering; business services such

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Intangible Wealth Tax

Intangible Wealth Tax

September 1, 2002

Washington state’s heavy reliance on sales tax and real property tax to fund essential state services made sense 70 years ago, but many people believe that it is time to modernize our tax  structure to reflect the new realities of

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An Income Tax for Washington State?

An Income Tax for Washington State?

September 1, 2002

Seven states, including Washington, do not levy an income tax. Instead, the state relies on three highly regressive taxes, the property tax, business and occupation tax and sales tax. This discussion brief outlines various options for an income tax as

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

Washington’s Estate Tax

Washington’s Estate Tax

September 1, 2002

Congress voted in June 2001 to phase out the federal estate tax over the next decade. At the state level, opponents of the estate tax are pressing Washington’s legislators to pursue a similar phase-out of the state estate tax. Opponents

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

A Concise History of Washington’s Tax Structure

A Concise History of Washington’s Tax Structure

August 1, 2002

Key Findings Since 1935, the retail sales tax, business and occupation tax, and property tax have been the major sources of Washington state revenues. Since 1935, legislators have raised the retail sales tax rate eight times. Meanwhile, citizen initiatives have

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How High Quality Child Care Benefits Business And The Economy?

How High Quality Child Care Benefits Business And The Economy?

July 1, 2002

Childcare is central to the economic well being of families, businesses, and communities. Research indicates that high quality care for young children directly affects the productivity of both the current and future workforce. Many families are struggling to balance family

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity
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