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Washington’s Estate Tax

Washington’s Estate Tax

September 1, 2002

Congress voted in June 2001 to phase out the federal estate tax over the next decade. At the state level, opponents of the estate tax are pressing Washington’s legislators to pursue a similar phase-out of the state estate tax. Opponents

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

A Concise History of Washington’s Tax Structure

A Concise History of Washington’s Tax Structure

August 1, 2002

Key Findings Since 1935, the retail sales tax, business and occupation tax, and property tax have been the major sources of Washington state revenues. Since 1935, legislators have raised the retail sales tax rate eight times. Meanwhile, citizen initiatives have

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Potential Impacts of Proposed Initiative 747

Potential Impacts of Proposed Initiative 747

August 1, 2001

Under current state law, growth in the property tax portion of state and local government budgets is limited to the rate of inflation, or up to 6 percent under extraordinary circumstances.  Proposed Initiative 747 would lower this cap to 1

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Rebuttals to Arguments Against Cigarette Tax Increases

Rebuttals to Arguments Against Cigarette Tax Increases

August 1, 2001

Regressive Tax: Opponents to I-773 say that because smoking levels are highest among people with low incomes, cigarette tax increases are regressive taxes that unfairly impact lower-income families and communities. Research indicates that: The fact that smoking rates are highest

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Posted in Health Care
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