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A Better Alternative to the Bush Tax Cut: Could the differences be any clearer?

A Better Alternative to the Bush Tax Cut: Could the differences be any clearer?

March 24, 2004

Sending a one-time $500 prosperity dividend to every legal permanent resident of the United States would do far more than George W. Bush’s tax plan to provide an immediate boost to the economy and promote our nation’s long term economic

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High Tech R&D Tax Breaks

High Tech R&D Tax Breaks

December 1, 2003

In 1994 the Washington legislature passed two tax incentive measures for high technology firms conducting research and development in advanced computing, advanced materials,  biotechnology, electronic device technology, and environmental technology. Both of these laws are scheduled to expire in 2004.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

It’s Not Just the Recession: The Budget Crisis and Washington State’s Structural Deficit

It’s Not Just the Recession: The Budget Crisis and Washington State’s Structural Deficit

July 1, 2003

How fast should government and government spending grow? Do they need to grow at all? These questions are an important part of the on-going debate over Washington state’s budget and tax system. In order for state services to meet the

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Tax Incentives: Review or Remove

Tax Incentives: Review or Remove

March 1, 2003

Washington state’s tax code allows for over 430 tax preferences which provided $46 billion dollars in savings for various taxpayers during the 1999-01 fiscal biennium. For the most part, tax preferences in Washington are not subject to a comprehensive review

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Washington’s Estate Tax and the 2003 Legislature

Washington’s Estate Tax and the 2003 Legislature

February 10, 2003

SB 5186 / HB1401 and SB 5418 have been introduced in the 2003 legislature. These bills would phase out Washington’s estate tax by 2005. Washington state has the most regressive tax structure in the country, with low and middle income

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The Washington State Tax Structure Study 2002

November 30, 2002

The Washington State Legislature passed legislation in 2001 requiring an examination of Washington’s current tax system and development of tax alternatives (including the elasticity, equity, and adequacy of the state’s tax system) and development of multiple alternatives. Committee findings and

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The Washington State Budget and the Washington Economy

The Washington State Budget and the Washington Economy

October 1, 2002

With unemployment continuing high and large projected state budget shortfalls, lawmakers in Olympia are facing tough decisions among competing needs and interests. The following basic principles can help guide those decisions in ways that help stimulate – or at least

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Extending the Retail Sales Tax to Services in Washington State

Extending the Retail Sales Tax to Services in Washington State

September 1, 2002

The state retail sales tax applies to purchases of materials and property and to some services, including construction services, property rental, landscaping, and dating services. Many services are exempt, including professional services such as accounting and engineering; business services such

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Intangible Wealth Tax

Intangible Wealth Tax

September 1, 2002

Washington state’s heavy reliance on sales tax and real property tax to fund essential state services made sense 70 years ago, but many people believe that it is time to modernize our tax  structure to reflect the new realities of

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An Income Tax for Washington State?

An Income Tax for Washington State?

September 1, 2002

Seven states, including Washington, do not levy an income tax. Instead, the state relies on three highly regressive taxes, the property tax, business and occupation tax and sales tax. This discussion brief outlines various options for an income tax as

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks
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