Funding Public Services through Progressive Tax Reform

Amply-funded public services benefit all Washingtonians. However, our state is hobbled by a tax system that overwhelmingly favors the wealthy and punishes the poor. As a result, public funding for the common good continually falls short of what is necessary to improve lives and promote long-term, widespread economic growth. EOI advocates for a progressive tax structure and cessation of corporate tax breaks in order to fully fund the public services and programs that benefit all of our communities and protect the economically vulnerable. We are working with community partners at the state and city levels to explore and enact progressive revenue policy that will both fully fund public services and encourage comprehensive reform of Washington’s outdated and imbalanced tax system.

FEATURED PROFILE

Tax my income and fix my city. Please.

I’m an engineer at one of our local tech companies, and I’m fortunate enough to qualify for the proposed income tax on Seattle’s affluent. Unlike Steve Ballmer, who made headlines commenting on the proposal, I look forward to paying my fair share to keep Seattle wonderful.

My grandfather first came to Seattle to escape Russian pogroms and build a better life in the New World. Even though my family had little, the opportunity in America allowed my grandfather to send my dad to a good public school, and my dad in turn went on to teach at Harvard Medical School. I’d like to think my grandfather would have the same good fortune if he arrived today.

But the opportunity afforded my grandfather is no longer attainable. We call Seattle a sanctuary city, but the services that we and our immigrants depend on are underfunded and under threat. Our public schools are criminally underfunded. Rent is skyrocketing, pushing middle-class and poor families out of their homes. Tents line our bumper-to-bumper highways.

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Research Feed

An Inclusive Economy
Net Worth of WA’s 12 Billionaires Jumped 28 Percent in 3 Months of COVID-19

Meanwhile State and Local Government Services Face Deep Cuts

Funding Public Services
Taxing Employers for Windfall Compensation in the Pandemic

Models already exist to tax obscenely generous compensation

An Inclusive Economy
Progressive Revenues to Rebuild Washington’s Economy

Policymakers must not repeat the mistakes of the Great Recession

COVID-19
State Must Invest – Not Cut – to Avoid Long Term Economic Harm 

Together we can build a better future for Washington State

Blog Feed

An Inclusive Economy

December 18, 2020

The Governor’s Budget Takes First Steps Towards an Equitable Recovery – Now Let’s Go Further

We will need bolder stimulative investments, using additional progressive revenue sources to meet the moment

EOI

December 18, 2020

The Pathway to a Strong Recovery

Our 2021 legislative priorities

Progressive Tax Reform

June 23, 2020

Washington Can’t Afford Austerity

We need funds invested in our communities, not in the pockets of the wealthy