Yearly Archives: 2003

High Tech R&D Tax Breaks

An Inclusive Economy Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

Fact Sheet | December 1, 2003

In 1994 the Washington legislature passed two tax incentive measures for high technology firms conducting research and development in advanced computing, advanced materials,  biotechnology, electronic device technology, and environmental technology. Both of these laws are scheduled to expire in 2004. The gove

Minimum Paid Leave Discussion Brief

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Issue Brief | November 1, 2003

Paid leave from work contributes significantly to workers’ ability to maintain their own health, care for their families, and maintain financial stability, as well as to remain productive members of the workforce. Workers without access to paid leave have little choice but to quit their jobs during times of s

Early Learning and Care Survey Results

Early Learning Educational Opportunity

Report | Jen Brown | August 15, 2003

Early childhood education is increasingly being accepted as a public responsibility, rather than viewed as solely the responsibility of families. Changes in the workforce and demands from parents for high-quality child care, federal and state education reform efforts, and local initiatives are focusing attent

It’s Not Just the Recession: The Budget Crisis and Washington State’s Structural Deficit

An Inclusive Economy Progressive Tax Reform

Report | Marilyn Watkins, Marilyn Watkins | July 1, 2003

How fast should government and government spending grow? Do they need to grow at all? These questions are an important part of the on-going debate over Washington state’s budget and tax system. In order for state services to meet the demands created by a changing economy and growing population, state revenues

Tax Incentives: Review or Remove

An Inclusive Economy

Issue Brief | March 1, 2003

Washington state’s tax code allows for over 430 tax preferences which provided $46 billion dollars in savings for various taxpayers during the 1999-01 fiscal biennium. For the most part, tax preferences in Washington are not subject to a comprehensive review process that assesses their effectiveness. Seven ta

Social Security Trustees Report 2002 – An Analysis

A Fair Deal at Work Retirement Security Social Security

Report | Marilyn Watkins, Marilyn Watkins | March 1, 2003

Social Security remains a successful and solidly financed social insurance program for working and retired families. While efforts continue to undermine Social Security by questioning the solvency of the program: The 2002 Trustees Report confirms that Social Security is fiscally sound and solvent decades into

After Enron: Pension Reform Proposals

A Fair Deal at Work Retirement Security Social Security

Fact Sheet | March 1, 2003

Twenty thousand Enron employees lost approximately $1 billion in pension assets during the company’s recent collapse. Factors contributing to large employee losses included: Lack of diversification – Employees had 63 percent of their 401(k) assets invested in Enron stock. Restrictive corporate rules – Company

Washington’s Estate Tax and the 2003 Legislature

An Inclusive Economy Progressive Tax Reform

Fact Sheet | February 10, 2003

SB 5186 / HB1401 and SB 5418 have been introduced in the 2003 legislature. These bills would phase out Washington’s estate tax by 2005. Washington state has the most regressive tax structure in the country, with low and middle income residents paying a much higher percentage of their income in state and local

Washington State Minimum Wage Fact Sheet

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

Fact Sheet | February 1, 2003

Who makes the minimum wage? Aren’t most minimum wage workers teenagers and part time workers? According to 2002 Census Bureau data 75% of workers affected by the minimum wage in  Washington are over age 20. Nearly 60% of workers are female, and nearly half work full  time. Using national data, a 2001 study by

Retirement Security Accounts and Public Opinion

A Fair Deal at Work Retirement Security Retirement Security Accounts

Fact Sheet | January 1, 2003

A proposal to provide all workers the ability to save for retirement, Washington Voluntary Accounts, is popular with Washington state residents and business owners, according to polling and focus groups conducted during the winter of 2001-2002. WVAs would be a defined contribution plan open to any worker in t

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