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Setting Priorities in Washington: Raising revenue to invest in our future

Setting Priorities in Washington: Raising revenue to invest in our future

January 14, 2011

Continued state budget cuts are dragging down Washington’s economy, undermining opportunity for our children, and threatening the health of our most vulnerable citizens. We can choose a better path that builds a stronger future for our state. Over the past

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

2010 was just the beginning

If you are a regular reader of Washington Policy Watch, you know that the next few years – much like the last few – will be rough going for Washington’s workers, families and children. But you also know that we

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security, Social Security

Two simple steps Congress can take to slow the deficit and spur our economy

From the Everett Herald: It’s not pretty watching President Obama and the Republican minority collude in giving away billions to the wealthy, under the guise of the deceptively named “middle class tax cuts.” The president has pretty much deep-sixed the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Giving thanks: A citizen’s guide to Thanksgiving

In my family, probably like yours, one of our Thanksgiving dinner traditions is to go around the table and say what we are thankful for. It’s an important reminder of how lucky we are to have our friends and family

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, EOI, Social Security

Washington State Budget Cuts $5.2 Billion — and Counting

Washington State Budget Cuts $5.2 Billion — and Counting

September 17, 2010

Over 3 budget years from 2009 to 2011, Washington State has grappled with a $12 billion shortfall between the projected need for public services and state revenues – which have plunged because of the recession. Federal stimulus money and the

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

Initiative 1098: How will Washington’s effective income tax rates stack up?

Initiative 1098: How will Washington’s effective income tax rates stack up?

August 30, 2010

Short Answer: The top 1%of taxpayers in Washington will have an average effective tax rate of 4%. That puts Washington’s ranking for this group of wealthy taxpayers at 27th out of the 44 states (including Washington, D.C.)that tax income.1 (See

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Initiative 1098: The Right Tax Reform for Stronger Schools and Health Care

Initiative 1098: The Right Tax Reform for Stronger Schools and Health Care

August 16, 2010

Why Washington needs tax reform: Washington’s tax system is upside down. Middle-class and low-income residents pay too much in tax, and the wealthiest pay far less than in other states. Small businesses pay a much larger share of their revenues

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Happy Interdependence Day: Ensuring life, liberty for all is the basis of our government

From the Everett Herald: This past month I flew back to Vermont, where my dad lives. He is 91 years old now, and just broke his hip. So he has a long recovery in front of him, and I was

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Posted in Column, Health Care

Are Low Taxes Exacerbating the Recession?

From In These Times: As the planet’s economy keeps stumbling, the phrase “worst recession since the Great Depression” has become the new “global war on terror” — a term whose overuse has rendered it both meaningless and acronym-worthy. And just

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Initiative 1098: Fixing the most regressive tax system in the country

Initiative 1098: Fixing the most regressive tax system in the country

June 30, 2010

Background   A regressive tax is one that takes a larger percentage of the income of low‐income people than of high‐ income people. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has concluded Washington State has the most regressive tax

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform
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