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progressive revenue policy that will both fully fund public services and encourage comprehensive reform of Washington’s outdated and imbalanced tax system.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

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The State Estate Tax: A Leveler for Democracy

Only the very rich pay it, but they pay much less than they used to

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Voter’s Guide to the Washington State Budget

Getting to the public investment our state needs to thrive

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Who Really Pays

An analysis of the tax structures in 15 cities throughout Washington State

Blog Feed

Progressive Tax Reform

March 18, 2021

Washington’s Revenue Forecast Doesn’t Reflect the Needs of the People

Federal dollars might fund the first round of COVID recovery, but without progressive revenues we can’t build the infrastructure needed for a more equitable economy

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February 12, 2021

New Progressive Revenues Could Begin to Right Historic Wrongs

We need to address the racial wealth gap to build a resilient economy that works for all

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December 18, 2020

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

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