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revenue policy that will both fully fund public services and encourage comprehensive reform of Washington’s outdated and imbalanced tax system.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

Progressive Tax Reform
Washington: From Affluence to Prosperity

A key reason for Washington's failure to achieve economic prosperity is the state's unfair tax system

Progressive Tax Reform
Common Sense for Public Investments

Reforming Washington State’s Estate Tax and Remedying the Racial Wealth Gap

Progressive Tax Reform
Tapping Wealth to Rebuild Washington’s Economy

A wealth tax to build stronger and healthier communities

Blog Feed

May 3, 2021

New Data Makes (Another) Case for WA Capital Gains Tax

Washingtonians are getting less income from paychecks, more from dividends, interest, and rent

Funding Public Services

April 2, 2021

Teacup Poodles and Blue Whales: Why Washington’s Budget is Smaller Than you Think

Context is key when making comparisons—but too often it goes missing

Progressive Tax Reform

April 1, 2021

The Wealth Tax Moves Forward!

The House Finance Committee takes a significant step toward a more just tax code for Washington