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Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon’s home

News Coverage | July 4, 2018 | The Guardian

John Burbank of the Economic Opportunity Institute said there is a a direct link between the surge in highly paid jobs and the numbers of people forced on to the street. “There’s an incredible correlation between the increase in homelessness and the increase in the number of people who have incomes in excess of $250,000,” he said. “That has grown by almost 50% between 2011 and 2017. The population of homeless kids in the Seattle public schools has grown from 1,300 kids to 4,200.”

There’s a Cloud Over Seattle

News Coverage | June 19, 2018 | Seattle Mag

We often reach for punitive measures to solve problems. We punish pop drinkers with a tax on sugar drinks. We punish all city residents—especially those with low incomes—with the most regressive tax structure of any city in the state, according to a recent report by the Economic Opportunity Institute. In “progressive” Seattle, a household earning $25,000 pays 17 percent of its income in state and local taxes, while a household earning $250,000 pays just 4.4 percent. But the burden is there for the middle class as well, as demonstrated by recent property tax hikes, though many are self-inflicted by us well-meaning voters.

This Is What Plutocracy Looks Like! Seattle’s Amazon Tax Is Ejected before a Dime is Collected

News Coverage | June 14, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly

Hellman notes that, “An April Economic Opportunity Institute report showed that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy."

Head tax repealed By Seattle City Council

News Coverage | June 13, 2018 | Tukwila Reporter

An April Economic Opportunity Institute report showed that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy. A 2015 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report also indicated that Washington’s tax system was the most regressive in the country because of its heavy reliance on sales taxes.

Seattle City Council Plans to Repeal Head Tax

News Coverage | June 12, 2018 | Seattle Weekly

The ordinance, which would’ve affected three percent of businesses, would have been a change of pace for Seattle. An April Economic Opportunity Institute report showed that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy. A 2015 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report also stated that Washington’s tax system that heavily relied on sales taxes was the most regressive in the country.

Without Census Recognition, LGBT Pay Gap, Inequalities Go Unnoticed

News Coverage | June 11, 2018 | Public News Service

Matthew Caruchet, author of the Economic Opportunity Institute report, said the question could have provided important information on an area with little research: the LGBT pay gap. He compared this issue to the women's pay gap, which can draw on decades of census data. "When we don't have an accurate count of LGBT people or what their situation is, we can't address the problems that face that community,” Caruchet said. “And it's easy to say that problems don't exist, because there's no data."

Does Seattle’s “Amazon Tax” Signal a Broader Change in City Politics?

News Coverage | May 24, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly

A recent study by the Economic Opportunity Institute found that Seattle’s overall tax system is the “most regressive” of 15 Washington cities. This in a state that the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy called “the most unfair state and local tax system in the country.”

Fight poverty by demanding a tax code that works for all of us

News Coverage | May 16, 2018 | Real Change

Last November, The Seattle Times reported that Seattle’s population of homeless students is growing at the same rate as New York’s. Just this month, the Economic Opportunity Institute found Seattle’s tax system to be the worst for low-income families in the entire state.

Seattle City Council Passes Reduced Head Tax

News Coverage | May 15, 2018 | Seattle Weekly

Councilmember Lisa Herbold said she considered it a win that the city passed a progressive tax that steers away from Seattle’s regressive tax structure. An April report by the liberal think tank Economic Opportunity Institute found that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy. This comes on the heels of a 2015 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report that showed Washington has the most regressive tax system in the country because of its high reliance on sales taxes.

If We Really Wanted to Celebrate Mothers, We’d Have Policies That Better Supported Them

Commentary | May 13, 2018 | By Marilyn Watkins | South Seattle Emerald

From the high cost of childcare and housing, to traffic jams, encounters with the legal system, and income inequality, many of the biggest challenges the mothers of the Seattle area face could be significantly eased by better public policy choices, especially for women of color or women with limited financial means.

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