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Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

Eyman has it partly right: Lower the sales tax. The rest…needs some work.

The polls may tell us we’re divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a

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State’s sales tax grinds us down – but it doesn’t have to be that way

It’s a good time to talk about money, who has it and who doesn’t, especially with the Legislature at loggerheads about the budget. Why? Because the taxes that fund our state’s budget come largely from the money we all spend.

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Expanding Washington’s tax base to out-of-state shoppers could save in-home nursing care

As we’ve noted in previous posts, Washington’s tax structure, last updated in the 1930s, is riddled with tax exemptions for private industry and relies heavily on a sales tax that hits our low- and middle-income workers hardest. This not only

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform
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