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If Olympia won’t take action, Seattle should lead the way on education, housing, more

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John Burbank | May 18, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 121 years ago that racial segregation was legal. Its decision, in Plessy vs. Ferguson, became the law of the land, embedding Jim Crow laws and habits in the South and the North, disenfranchising blacks, creating separate and inferior public facilities from schools to train cars to

Burbank: Lack of state income tax helps rich at kids’ expense

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| May 17, 2017 | Everett Herald

Just planting a tree can do a world of good

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John Burbank | May 3, 2017

My friend called me last week and invited me to the Climate March that Saturday in Seattle. I decided not to go. Maybe I just had enough marching, with the Women’s March the day after the presidential inauguration, and the March for Science earlier in April. These were good marches, protests and political cel

Just planting a tree can do a world of good

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| John Burbank | May 3, 2017 | Everett Herald

Sound Transit 3 car tab rollback threatens light rail to Everett

Column Tax and Budget

John Burbank | April 20, 2017

The Legislature is wrapped up in discussions about how to fund (or not) K-12 education. But if you look under the covers, you will see that these very same elected representatives and senators are intent on defunding Sound Transit 3. Instead of simply abiding by the voters’ approval of the tax increases neces

Sound Transit 3 car tab rollback threatens light rail to Everett

Column Tax Reform Tax and Budget

| John Burbank | April 19, 2017 | Everett Herald

What are we getting out of Boeing’s tax breaks?

Column State Economy Tax Reform Tax and Budget

John Burbank | April 6, 2017

As a young girl, my daughter had a fear of flying. She overcame this through a thorough study of airplanes and landed on the 737 as her preferred means of transportation in the air. So naturally, she asked for a Boeing T-shirt for a present. It says, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!” So let’s talk about Bo

What are we getting out of Boeing’s tax breaks?

Column Tax Reform Tax and Budget

| John Burbank | April 6, 2017 | Everett Herald

Rather than being a job killer, a minimum wage boost increases them

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| John Burbank | March 22, 2017 | Everett Herald

In praise of Nordic skiing and immigrants who brought it here

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 8, 2017

Spring may be around the corner, although winter seems to be hanging on around Puget Sound. So, while the Mariners are in spring training in Arizona, and high school basketball has wrapped up, we still have time to look up to the mountains and, if we have the resources, go skiing. When people think of skiing,

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