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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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