Tax and Budget

From roads and utilities to schools, parks, and firefighters, everyone benefits from public investments that yield well-educated citizens, profitable businesses, safe communities and a healthy environment. But our state’s tax structure, last updated in the 1930s, is not able to meet the needs of our 21st century economy. EOI is working to reform Washington’s tax structure to support investments in early learning, K-12, higher education and other critical public services while making our tax system more equitable for everyone.


Research and Publications

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Who Really Pays: An analysis of the tax structures in 15 cities throughout Washington State

Report | April 4, 2018

For a PDF of this report, click here. Introduction Many Washingtonians feel they are heavi

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Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

Presentation | May 31, 2017

We can protect Seattle’s great quality of life and lead the way on community investments i

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Latest Blog Posts

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Your Property Tax Hikes Are Charity for an Important Protected Minority – The Very Wealthy

Matthew Caruchet | April 5, 2018

This week, the Seattle Times published an article detailing the travails of people who are

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What’s Missing from What You’re Hearing About Washington’s Budget

Aaron Keating | February 6, 2018

Last June, Gov. Jay Inslee made headlines when he signed a state budget totaling $43.4 bil

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