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Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

May 31, 2017

We can protect Seattle’s great quality of life and lead the way on community investments in affordable housing, homelessness solutions, educational equity and climate action by fixing our upside-down tax code.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

January 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

May 17, 2013

The Inadequacy Problem: The Great Recession and painfully slow recovery have resulted in five years of fiscal crisis for Washington. But the state began ratcheting down the level of spending on public education at least two decades ago. In the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services, K-12 Education

Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

March 28, 2013

Since the Great Recession began in 2008, Washington has cut billions in funding for public services, damaging lives and constraining future opportunities. Class sizes are larger, fewer children are enrolled in quality early learning, young adults pay sharply higher tuition,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

House of Straw: How Washington’s tax system undermines our economic future – and how to fix it

House of Straw: How Washington’s tax system undermines our economic future – and how to fix it

October 1, 2012

Washington needs a new tax system. As a state, we have been ratcheting down the level of spending on education for at least two decades, depriving many of our children and young adults of the foundations they need to achieve

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

December 20, 2011

This brief lists, in detail, $2 billion in annual state revenue that could be raised by asking the wealthiest corporations and people to pay their fair share, ending tax preferences for big banks and and commercial farms, and updating our

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

One Billion in Progressive Revenue

One Billion in Progressive Revenue

November 14, 2011

Washington legislators will convene a special session on November 28th to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in expected revenue for the remainder of the 2011-13 state budget. As this fact sheet outlines, by closing tax breaks that favor the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Revenues to Rebuild Washington’s Economy

Revenues to Rebuild Washington’s Economy

October 21, 2011

Washington lawmakers have slashed billions of dollars from the state operating budget since 2008, crippling individuals, schools, and communities in every part of the state. Meanwhile, tax breaks for the wealthiest people and corporations undercut investments in the education system

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Fact sheet: Public employee compensation

Fact sheet: Public employee compensation

March 2, 2011

Public employee benefits are on the chopping block across the country as state and local governments look for ways to reduce spending. Public revenues remain low due to the lingering effects of the recession and the longer term trend shifting

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services

Setting Priorities in Washington: Raising revenue to invest in our future

Setting Priorities in Washington: Raising revenue to invest in our future

January 14, 2011

Continued state budget cuts are dragging down Washington’s economy, undermining opportunity for our children, and threatening the health of our most vulnerable citizens. We can choose a better path that builds a stronger future for our state. Over the past

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform
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