Monthly Archives: April 2009

Washington’s Structural Deficit: Without tax reform, pain will outlast recession

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Report | Marilyn Watkins | April 27, 2009

The worldwide recession has struck a major blow to state and local government budgets, including Washington’s. But Washington’s budget woes will outlast the recession because the state also has a structural deficit. Without raising rates or adding new taxes, revenues to support public services grow more slowl

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

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Report | Marilyn Watkins | April 22, 2009

Washington State has been losing ground on education for 15 years, slipping towards the bottom of national rankings in class size and school funding. Our children, workers, and businesses deserve better. The recession highlights how difficult it is to raise additional revenues to maintain and improve public s

A Failing Grade: “High Tuition/High Aid”

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Issue Brief | Gabriel Nishimura | April 8, 2009

In the face of impending budget cuts to higher education, Washington policymakers are considering adopting a “high-tuition/high-aid” model of financing. In theory, by significantly increasing tuition, students who can afford it pay more; those students who cannot, benefit from larger financial aid packages su

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