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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State’s sales tax grinds us down – but it doesn’t have to be that way

John Burbank | June 17, 2015

It’s a good time to talk about money, who has it and who doesn’t, especially with the Legi

John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
What if we set a maximum wage for CEOs?

Economic Opportunity Institute | June 4, 2015

It’s an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against

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