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.

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Research and Publications

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Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

Issue Brief | March 28, 2013

Since the Great Recession began in 2008, Washington has cut billions in funding for public

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Washington State Budget 101

Fact Sheet | November 27, 2012

Where does state revenue come from, and how is it spent? Why does Washington face budget d

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Latest Blog Posts

Boeing, Boeing, gone?
Lonely, ignored voice predicted Boeing job drain

Economic Opportunity Institute | April 21, 2014

Danny Westneat reports in The Seattle Times that as the state Legislature scrambled to pas

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From bad to worse: How Arthur Laffer’s “Rich States, Poor States” rankings refute themselves

Aaron Keating | April 18, 2014

Arthur Laffer’s own data says his “Rich States, Poor States” rankings were never that good

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