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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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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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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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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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Everybody Else Gets One: An analysis of tax breaks in Washington

Everybody Else Gets One: An analysis of tax breaks in Washington

April 21, 2008

Washington had 567 tax exemptions on the books at the end of 2007. These tax breaks added up to $15 billion in lost state and local revenue that could improve education, health, the environment, transportation, or other public services.  Providing

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Washington’s Estate Tax

Washington’s Estate Tax

September 1, 2006

Washington has had an inheritance or estate tax since 1901. From 1982 to 2001, Washington’s estate tax was fully deductible from the amount owed in federal estate taxes. In 2001, Congress voted to lower the federal tax and phase out

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Adding Up: New Tax Breaks in Washington 2004-2006

Adding Up: New Tax Breaks in Washington 2004-2006

June 1, 2006

BARGAINING FOR TAX BREAKS has become a routine part of doing business. Across the United States, state and local governments are providing an estimated $50 billion in tax subsidies to businesses. Fearful of losing jobs, Washington, like other states, is

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Regulating the Oil Industry and Corralling Oil Industry Profits for the Benefit of Citizens and Businesses in Washington State

Regulating the Oil Industry and Corralling Oil Industry Profits for the Benefit of Citizens and Businesses in Washington State

February 1, 2006

Washington citizens and businesses are paying historically high prices for gasoline while the major oil companies are reaping windfall profits. As a result, hundreds of millions of dollars are being taken from the budgets of families and businesses and exported

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The State of Working Washington 2005

The State of Working Washington 2005

October 1, 2005

After a lingering recession, jobs are increasing again throughout Washington. New jobs are opening across almost all sectors. The typical Washington worker continues to earn more than workers in most other states. Many Washington residents are doing very well. Nevertheless,

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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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