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We did it! Seattle passes progressive income tax!

Just a few months after the Economic Opportunity Institute and Trump Proof Seattle proposed a tax on the wealthy, the Seattle City Council has come through. Just this afternoon, the council unanimously voted to create a city income tax to

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Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

May 31, 2017

We can protect Seattle’s great quality of life and lead the way on community investments in affordable housing, homelessness solutions, educational equity and climate action by fixing our upside-down tax code.

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Building political will and finding public revenue for early care and learning

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

January 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Fully funding Washington’s education system means legislators must find their backbones

Washington’s legislature launches a 60-day session January 11. As in the past several years, their biggest challenge will be money – how to adequately fund schools without slashing the other services necessary to protect the health and safety of our

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

State income tax would fix school funding and much more

Twelve days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied.

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To meet the education funding challenge, Washington needs a progressive income tax

The Washington State Supreme Court found  the State in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.”  On August 13, 2015, the Court imposed a $100,000-a-day fine on the state until a satisfactory plan to meet

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education, Progressive Tax Reform

The stalemate over Washington state’s budget

The stalemate in Olympia over Washington state’s budget represents an ideological divide that won’t be overcome by negotiators sitting long enough in a room together. And unfortunately, neither side has proposed a budget and revenue package that would actually fully

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Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

March 28, 2013

Since the Great Recession began in 2008, Washington has cut billions in funding for public services, damaging lives and constraining future opportunities. Class sizes are larger, fewer children are enrolled in quality early learning, young adults pay sharply higher tuition,

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