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Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

Hog fuel or health care? WA state Senate considering 14 more more tax loopholes

The fourteen tax breaks proposed by the state Senate – despite a revenue shortfall and $1 billion funding deficit in K-12 education – beg the question: can we really afford this? Some loopholes have their place, but as the state

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Time to grow with money that is owed

From the Everett Herald: The era of 9/11 may have been brought to a close last week with the killing of Osama bin Laden. President Obama spoke of bringing to justice bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. He

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Tax breaks burden poor

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review: Washington state is fast on its way to becoming the Evergreen gated community, with starkly different futures for the haves and have-nots. It’s time to tell our elected officials to set a better course. Our state

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Will multi-billion dollar tax loopholes in Washington’s budget go to the ballot?

By Gary Burris, EOI Senior Policy Associate State legislators are floating new proposals to end billions of dollars in tax loopholes now on the books, in an effort to curb $5 billion in projected cuts to education, health care and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

$2 million for country club members or school lunches for low-income kids?

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. It’s the quintessential “sport” – friends gathered in their best pink argyle, smoking cigars around the first tee at dawn, waiting for their caddies to carry over their clubs and yardage books. The best part? Members of

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

In this state, you might be better off being a chicken

From The Olympian: Bill just wanted a home with a warm bed. Too bad he’s not a chicken, because under Washington state law he’d be getting better treatment. Bill, a south Puget Sound-area resident, suffers from mental illness and chemical

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Money needed to rescue WA Basic Health is out there

From the Everett Herald: We are not broke, or even close. We have more money, income and wealth than 10 years ago, even more than 20 years ago, and way more than 30 years ago. So when lawmakers are making

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

$4 million for display items at trade shows or medical interpreter services for thousands of patients?

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. It’s true: a ShamWow is more exciting when it’s being shown in the fourth city in six weeks. But we’re unconvinced that super-absorbent towels and other “unique” items deserve a tax exemption just because they’ve been on

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check, Health Care
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