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ACA repeal: millions lose insurance, billionaires get a tax cut

Health Care Tax Reform Tax and Budget

John Burbank | January 18, 2017

One item has gone nearly unmentioned in the media about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act: it would be a massive tax cut for wealthy Americans. “One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less than $85,00

Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

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Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the zip code of their residence. Beyond that basic human right

Inslee’s Budget A Victory For Equitable Education

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| Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

State of Washington Budget

Tax and Budget

| December 16, 2016

Explore the State of Washington’s budget and learn how the money is being spent. Budget data is updated when new legislative proposals are released.

You have meaningful decisions to make on your ballot

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Economic Opportunity Institute | November 3, 2016

Have you had your ballot on the kitchen counter — for almost two weeks now — and still not opened it up to vote? Or maybe you forgot where you put it? Or maybe you recycled it, and now don’t know where to get your ballot to vote. Or maybe you just want to wait until the last minute to vote. I hope that is the

What Washington got for Boeing’s $305 million tax break

Tax Reform Tax and Budget

John Burbank | May 4, 2016

Last week Boeing reported that it had skipped out on $305 million in taxes in 2015. Back in 2013, the Legislature enacted a special Boeing exemption from business taxes. The legislative intent was to keep jobs in Washington. But that was not written into the tax exemption bill. So in spite of, or maybe becaus

What we got for Boeing’s $305M break

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| John Burbank | May 4, 2016 | Everett Herald

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Economic Opportunity Institute | April 15, 2016

[via The Olympian] A petition is circulating for a new ordinance that would tax Olympia’s wealthiest households to generate college tuition money for all local high school graduates. Backed by a volunteer group called Opportunity for Olympia, the proposal calls for creating a 1.5 percent tax on household inco

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

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| April 15, 2016 | The Olympian

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

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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

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