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Counter the lobbyists – create 2000 jobs and provide 1 year of community college free, just by closing three tax breaks

From the Everett Herald: I rode to work in the dark this morning, and I will probably ride home in the dark this evening. It’s that time of year, the sun rising later and setting earlier, Halloween right around the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity

How to modernize Washington’s tax code and rebuild our local economy

Washington legislators will convene a special session this fall to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in the state’s expected revenue for 2011-13, brought on by high unemployment and the lingering recession. State lawmakers have already slashed billions of dollars from

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check

Investments for Washington’s Future: Closing Selected Tax Breaks and Increasing the Small Business B&O Credit

Investments for Washington’s Future: Closing Selected Tax Breaks  and Increasing the Small Business B&O Credit

July 1, 2008

The problem: Over the past decade, state policy makers have given out an ever‐growing number of business tax breaks in the name of economic development, while our education system falls behind and commuters and goods sit mired in traffic. At

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Progressive Tax Reform

Fairer taxes for Washington State

With the underlying framework of Washington’s tax system essentially unchanged since the 1930’s, it’s not a surprise that our state’s tax base is shrinking relative to the state’s economy. The state’s General Fund relies on three major sources of revenue:

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Progressive Tax Reform

Evaluating tax breaks

Bill Virgin asks some good questions in his recent column on state tax breaks for corporations: Does the facility involved support other companies in the region? Does it conduct research and development that might lead to growth at the company,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks
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