State income tax would fix school funding and much more

Twelve days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied.

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Property taxes enhance private value

I start fretting in August about paying the second half of my property taxes in October. I worry that I will forget to pay (as I have done), and get penalized (as I have been). So I decided to pay

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

Public interest must be basis of government

I was thirsty this morning, so I went to the sink, turned on the tap, filled a glass, and drank some water. We do this every day. We don’t worry about the quality of the water, the pipes that bring

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Post election is good time to count our blessings

Now that the election is over, it is a good time to reflect. We elected these public servants. What do we expect our governments to do, from local fire districts and water districts to libraries to school boards, city councils,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

Thank taxes as we bike, hike, have fun

Looking at the weather map, how can you not be grateful we live in the Northwest? The rest of the country is sweltering and steaming in heat and humidity with no end in sight — meanwhile, we keep the comforter

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Government is Good: A Day in Your Life

Via Government is Good: Ask yourself this question: “What has government done for me lately?” If you are like most Americans, you will probably answer: “Not much.”  Many people feel like they pay a lot in taxes but don’t really

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Keep services in mind when cursing taxes

From the Everett Herald: A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of employees at the Everett Labor Temple. One woman raised her hand and asked how we were going to protect ourselves from the government taking

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services, Higher Education, Retirement Security, Social Security
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