Shame on Boeing for Endorsing Trump’s Racism

An Inclusive Economy Funding Public Services

John Burbank | August 16, 2017

Watching the nation’s white nationalist-in-chief Donald Trump yesterday was a wrenching experience. Trump defended white supremacists, saying that people who associate with them aren’t all “bad guys” and blamed the “Alt-Left” for standing up to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Although all of his lieutenants loo

Taxes are a potluck buffet – and we’re the better for it

An Inclusive Economy Column Funding Public Services

John Burbank | April 6, 2016

This being early April, I found myself working on my taxes during some beautiful sunny weather last weekend — and wishing I’d done them the week before, when it was raining! It’s too bad paying taxes feels like such a solitary activity, because it’s really a community endeavor. I think of it like a potluck bu

Light rail is our best option to meet population boom

An Inclusive Economy Column Funding Public Services

Economic Opportunity Institute | May 27, 2015

Investing in our our transportation infrastructure – especially public transit – helps our whole community thrive. Failing to invest strangles opportunity and amplifies economic inequality. It’s time for Washington’s legislature to act boldly! – Marilyn Watkins, EOI Policy Director Light rail is our best opti

Why Washington’s elected leaders need to hear from you on tax day

An Inclusive Economy Funding Public Services Progressive Tax Reform

Marilyn Watkins | April 15, 2015

April 15 – Tax Day! While people across the U.S. scramble to finish their federal tax returns by today’s deadline, Washington’s legislators are wrangling over the state’s next two-year budget. They face a partisan ideological divide that’s nearly impossible to overcome – because they’re stuck with arguably th

Close loophole and college can be affordable

An Inclusive Economy Column Ending Corporate Tax Breaks Funding Public Services

John Burbank | February 25, 2015

If you had a child at the University of Washington at the beginning of the Great Recession, you may have been set back by the tuition. In the 2008-09 academic year it was $7,254 (in today’s dollars), almost one-fifth of a full time job paid at the median wage. You may have thought that was bad, but as revenue

Why Washington state’s tax system continues to fail our kids

An Inclusive Economy Column Funding Public Services Progressive Tax Reform

Marilyn Watkins | September 18, 2014

The kids are back in school – and last week the Washington Supreme Court gave the State Legislature an “F” for failing to adequately fund public schools across the state. Meanwhile, a new analysis by Standard & Poor’s concludes that growing income inequality is causing sales tax revenues to fall. Accordin

Property taxes enhance private value

An Inclusive Economy Column Funding Public Services

John Burbank | August 27, 2014

I start fretting in August about paying the second half of my property taxes in October. I worry that I will forget to pay (as I have done), and get penalized (as I have been). So I decided to pay early and not worry about it. And, as you know, it can be a big chunk of money. That’s probably why people have a

Post election is good time to count our blessings

An Inclusive Economy Column Funding Public Services

John Burbank | November 6, 2013

Now that the election is over, it is a good time to reflect. We elected these public servants. What do we expect our governments to do, from local fire districts and water districts to libraries to school boards, city councils, public utility districts, and county governments? These local governments are the

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

An Inclusive Economy Educational Opportunity Funding Public Services K-12 Education

Fact Sheet | May 17, 2013

The Inadequacy Problem: The Great Recession and painfully slow recovery have resulted in five years of fiscal crisis for Washington. But the state began ratcheting down the level of spending on public education at least two decades ago. In the McCleary decision, the courts ruled the state must invest more in

Why the “very rich” have lower tax rates than the rest of us

An Inclusive Economy Funding Public Services K-12 Education Progressive Tax Reform

Alex Stone | August 16, 2012

Recently, the IRS reported the average tax rate of the top 400 highest earning Americans. With average earnings of $200 million per filer, you might think this group paid a tax rate close to the maximum, but you’d be wrong. In 2009, this elite group enjoyed an average tax rate of just 19.9% – closer to someon

Search the blog

Search Publications

By publication type

By author

By issue area

Search Newsroom

By media type

By issue area