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Eyman has it partly right: Lower the sales tax. The rest…needs some work.

The polls may tell us we’re divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a

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State’s sales tax grinds us down – but it doesn’t have to be that way

It’s a good time to talk about money, who has it and who doesn’t, especially with the Legislature at loggerheads about the budget. Why? Because the taxes that fund our state’s budget come largely from the money we all spend.

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Why Washington’s elected leaders need to hear from you on tax day

April 15 – Tax Day! While people across the U.S. scramble to finish their federal tax returns by today’s deadline, Washington’s legislators are wrangling over the state’s next two-year budget. They face a partisan ideological divide that’s nearly impossible to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services, Progressive Tax Reform

Credit agencies go negative on Washington’s debt outlook – can we buy enough pants to boost our economy?

Either we ask the rich to pay a bit more in taxes to support opportunity and middle class prosperity, or billionaires like Nick Hanauer are going to have to start buying a hell of a lot more pants, say Moody’s

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Expanding Washington’s tax base to out-of-state shoppers could save in-home nursing care

As we’ve noted in previous posts, Washington’s tax structure, last updated in the 1930s, is riddled with tax exemptions for private industry and relies heavily on a sales tax that hits our low- and middle-income workers hardest. This not only

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Moody’s downgrades Nevada’s credit rating: Is Washington gambling with the same fate?

Last week the credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded Nevada’s general obligation bonds – one of the most common type of state-issued bonds – from Aa1 to Aa2. Could the same happen to Washington state? Nevada’s lower rating certainly doesn’t put

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy
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