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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3 Steps to Funding Washington’s Education System

Issue Brief | March 28, 2014

We can’t afford to provide the young people of Washington state with the best education be

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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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Latest Blog Posts

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

John Burbank | May 18, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 121 years ago that racial segregation was legal. Its decision

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Sound Transit 3 car tab rollback threatens light rail to Everett

John Burbank | April 20, 2017

The Legislature is wrapped up in discussions about how to fund (or not) K-12 education. Bu

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