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Questions about Social Security’s long-term financing? Attend this event in Tacoma!

Do you have questions about the long-term health of our Social Security system? Are you worried about how politicians talk about it in the same breath as the debt and deficit, while ignoring ten years of war and tax cuts

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Posted in Retirement Security, Social Security

Budget deal puts a lid on our economy

From the Everett Herald: Can we all breathe a sigh of relief now that Congress has passed and the president has signed a bill increasing the debt ceiling and cutting the budget by $1 trillion? After all, it seems like

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Posted in Column, State Economy

Cut services, then watch economy go into reverse

From the Everett Herald: We have a big private-sector economy, which is floundering in stagnation. Chief among the victims are middle class Americans, some on the verge of losing their houses, others with their jobs exported out of the country,

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Posted in Column, Tax and Budget

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Job creation, not austerity, should be policy goal

In an NPR interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains why public investments in infrastructure, technology and education aren’t only good for job creation – they guarantee the “future potential output” of the economy. These types of investments pay huge

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Posted in Tax and Budget

Tax breaks burden poor

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review: Washington state is fast on its way to becoming the Evergreen gated community, with starkly different futures for the haves and have-nots. It’s time to tell our elected officials to set a better course. Our state

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Posted in Tax and Budget

$2 million for country club members or school lunches for low-income kids?

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. It’s the quintessential “sport” – friends gathered in their best pink argyle, smoking cigars around the first tee at dawn, waiting for their caddies to carry over their clubs and yardage books. The best part? Members of

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Posted in Tax and Budget

$4 million for display items at trade shows or medical interpreter services for thousands of patients?

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. It’s true: a ShamWow is more exciting when it’s being shown in the fourth city in six weeks. But we’re unconvinced that super-absorbent towels and other “unique” items deserve a tax exemption just because they’ve been on

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Posted in Health Care, Tax and Budget

$12.5 million for elective cosmetic surgery or prescriptions for thousands of seniors?

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. Buy 9 Botox injections and get the 10th free, courtesy of the taxpayers of Washington! With a sales tax credit this generous, we expect to see a parade of plastic Hollywood stars moving north any time. Trade

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Posted in Tax and Budget

$80 million for non-organic fertilizer or in-home care for thousands of seniors?

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. $80 million? You’d think multi-national chemical companies were struggling to compete with gardeners making organic compost in their back yard. It’s almost enough to make us shed a nitrogen-laced tear for their Wall Street shareholders. Almost. End

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Posted in Tax and Budget

Review tax exemptions for economic impact before cutting billions from budget

Lawmakers should take a closer look at tax exemptions and preferences before cutting billions out of critical public programs and services, urges Remy Trupin, Executive Director of the Washington Budget and Policy Center, in a recent column in last week’s

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Posted in Tax and Budget
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