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Revenues to Close the Gap

Revenues to Close the Gap

January 27, 2010

Washington State is losing billions of dollars in uncollected tax revenue — more than $1.7 billion for FY 2011. This summary shows how targeted exemptions and tax changes will help solve the current budget shortfall, while providing long-term, sustainable solutions.

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Creating jobs and boosting our economy

Creating jobs and boosting our economy

January 14, 2010

In 2009, Washington’s legislature slashed billions from the state budget, adding to the misery of recession by cutting services, jobs, and incomes of public servants.  Virtually every area of state government was affected, including K-12 education, higher education, health care,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services

The State of Working Washington 2009

The State of Working Washington 2009

December 1, 2009

Over the past decade, Washington State residents have become less economically secure. Owning a  home, sending kids to college, accessing medical  care, building an egg nest for retirement – these  basic hallmarks of the American middle class were  within reach

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An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

April 22, 2009

Washington State has been losing ground on education for 15 years, slipping towards the bottom of national rankings in class size and school funding. Our children, workers, and businesses deserve better. The recession highlights how difficult it is to raise

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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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

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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