Polling a fast one on taxes. Plus: GAU, making college more affordable, and the economic picture brightens (a little)

April 20, 2009 | Alex Stone

Polling a fast one: Results from last week’s ‘tax poll’ were recently published on Crosscut, proving something we already know: on tax week, people hate taxes. Thus, it’s no surprise the ill-timed poll showed tepid support for both a sales tax increase and a tax on high incomes. But a CBS/NYT poll (conducted on one of the other 52 weeks of the year) reports the vast majority of Americans support higher taxes on the rich. Let’s see if legislators take the cue. | Crosscut

Short term savings vs long term costs: The General Assistance Unemployable program is a vital piece of our state’s economic security and health care infrastructure. Cutting funding for the program would put thousands of people at risk, and result in higher long term costs. | Crosscut

Higher standards: Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to make college more affordable couldn’t come at a better time. His proposed reforms to student loans would cut out the expensive middleman, and extend tax credits to the children of middle class families. If implemented, this would help offset the ever-increasing costs of tuition, especially at state institutions. | Seattle Times

Not (declining) so fast: Despite the dour economic forecast, companies are reporting increasing profits and fewer losses. But with unemployment on the rise and wages in decline, it remains to be seen when the recovery will reach Washington’s families. | Seattle Times

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  1. […] since Austin Jenkins reported summary results of a poll on state revenue proposals (see our post: Polling a fast one). Goldy over at HA blog has a more complete copy of the tax-week poll. He reports the ‘high […]

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