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Adding Up: New Tax Breaks in Washington 2004-2006

Adding Up: New Tax Breaks in Washington 2004-2006

June 1, 2006

BARGAINING FOR TAX BREAKS has become a routine part of doing business. Across the United States, state and local governments are providing an estimated $50 billion in tax subsidies to businesses. Fearful of losing jobs, Washington, like other states, is

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Regulating the Oil Industry and Corralling Oil Industry Profits for the Benefit of Citizens and Businesses in Washington State

Regulating the Oil Industry and Corralling Oil Industry Profits for the Benefit of Citizens and Businesses in Washington State

February 1, 2006

Washington citizens and businesses are paying historically high prices for gasoline while the major oil companies are reaping windfall profits. As a result, hundreds of millions of dollars are being taken from the budgets of families and businesses and exported

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The State of Working Washington 2005

The State of Working Washington 2005

October 1, 2005

After a lingering recession, jobs are increasing again throughout Washington. New jobs are opening across almost all sectors. The typical Washington worker continues to earn more than workers in most other states. Many Washington residents are doing very well. Nevertheless,

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Washington’s Gas Tax in Historical Perspective

Washington’s Gas Tax in Historical Perspective

August 1, 2005

In 2005 the Washington state legislature approved an increase in gasoline and other transportation taxes to fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements over the next 16 years. On July 1, 2005, the gas tax went up 3 cents per gallon

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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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