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We Decide How to Share Gains

Last summer, a respected policy expert from the Brookings Institution spoke at a large meeting. He introduced himself, saying that he works with a lot of brilliant economists who can’t understand why the recovery is so slow. Nobel laureate economist

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Say anything: Outgoing senators give the inside scoop

Longtime State Senate leaders Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) and Joe Zarelli (R-Ridgefield) are retiring this year. Join us as they discuss the challenges facing Washington, including the budget shortfall, school funding, skyrocketing tuition, health care and more. Zarelli and Brown will

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Posted in EOI

Stan Sorscher: Harvest America or Invest in America?

Many American voters seem ready to run our country as if it were a business. Some businesses take a long-range growth perspective, and honor all their stakeholders. A country run that way would be OK. However, other businesses believe their

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You can’t win in America’s casino economy – unless you change the rules

A casino can be an entertaining way to pass the time, provided you know two things: 1) you’re probably going to lose; and 2) if you win, it’s not because of skill – its luck. But even “no-limit” poker is

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Posted in Early Learning, Education, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Retirement Security, Social Security, State Economy, Tax and Budget

WA budget tiebreaker: Legislators should hit the bottle (tax) and go home

To close the gap between the House and Senate revenue proposals, lawmakers should bury their differences over the bottle: that is, they should vote to tax bottled beverages at a penny an ounce, then head home to their districts for

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Lawmakers consider ending tax loophole for largest polluter in WA

From Public News Service: OLYMPIA, Wash. – As lawmakers continue their efforts to close Washington State’s multi-billion dollar budget gap, environmentalists are urging them to close a tax loophole for the state’s largest polluter. Washington State could save $5 million

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Tax Fraud: Debunking the claim that higher income-tax rates reduce GDP

From Slate.com: Central to the intellectual debate about marginal tax rates has been the question of whether higher rates discourage people from working. President Reagan is famously reported to have observed that, as an actor, once he hit the top

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A dollar short: How Washington legislators can improve on Governor Gregoire’s proposed tax package

Governor Gregoire’s proposed revenue package is a good start toward restoring cuts to essential public services – but doesn’t go far enough. Under the Governor’s proposal, we’ll still have: over 90,000 working people on the wait list for the Basic

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Live blogging from the Revenue Rally

11:50: I’m with a group from the Children’s Alliance marching toward the Capitol steps. Signs seen so far: Kids Not Cuts, Kids Come 1st, and Children Are Our Future. Biggest difference from TEA Party rally so far (aside from substantive

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Posted in Education, Health Care, Higher Education, State Economy

Ax It or Tax It: Tax breaks for urban transportation companies, letting bad tax credits die, and new taxes on personal aviation and bottled water

Today’s suggested exemptions to ax and sins to tax: $9.0 million | Special Public Utilities Tax rate for urban transportation and small vessels. A preferential rate for urban transportation was adopted when street cars and interurban railways were financially distressed.

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Posted in State Economy, Tax and Budget
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