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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

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 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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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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Potential Impacts of Proposed Initiative 747

Potential Impacts of Proposed Initiative 747

August 1, 2001

Under current state law, growth in the property tax portion of state and local government budgets is limited to the rate of inflation, or up to 6 percent under extraordinary circumstances.  Proposed Initiative 747 would lower this cap to 1

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Rebuttals to Arguments Against Cigarette Tax Increases

Rebuttals to Arguments Against Cigarette Tax Increases

August 1, 2001

Regressive Tax: Opponents to I-773 say that because smoking levels are highest among people with low incomes, cigarette tax increases are regressive taxes that unfairly impact lower-income families and communities. Research indicates that: The fact that smoking rates are highest

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Posted in Health Care
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