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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

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

It’s a good time to talk about money, who has it and who doesn’t, especially with the Legislature at loggerheads about the budget. Why? Because the taxes that fund our state’s budget come largely from the money we all spend.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform

Property taxes enhance private value

I start fretting in August about paying the second half of my property taxes in October. I worry that I will forget to pay (as I have done), and get penalized (as I have been). So I decided to pay

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Why millionaires don’t seem to care much about their taxes

They may be millionaires, but they’re just like you and me. Millionaires don’t seem to move around much, even if their taxes go up. When a pair of researchers examined “outmigration” rates in California before and after an income tax

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

House of Straw: How Washington’s tax system undermines our economic future – and how to fix it

House of Straw: How Washington’s tax system undermines our economic future – and how to fix it

October 1, 2012

Washington needs a new tax system. As a state, we have been ratcheting down the level of spending on education for at least two decades, depriving many of our children and young adults of the foundations they need to achieve

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Exactly who are the real moochers among us?

So Mitt Romney thinks that 47 percent of us are moochers. Let’s keep in mind that Mr. Romney is only referring to the federal income tax. He disregards what comes out of each and every one of our paychecks for

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, EOI, Social Security

Thank taxes as we bike, hike, have fun

Looking at the weather map, how can you not be grateful we live in the Northwest? The rest of the country is sweltering and steaming in heat and humidity with no end in sight — meanwhile, we keep the comforter

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Posted in Column, EOI

Corporations need to be better citizens

If you lived in a run-down house and all of a sudden your family got a lot of money, what would you do? Most people would think about fixing up the rickety front steps, replacing the leaky shower, and painting

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education

Friday (Not) Funny: “Small business” lobby group ignores small biz POV on taxes

The National Federation of Independent Businesses calls itself the “voice of small business” as it argues against closing corporate tax loopholes and against higher taxes for millionaires. That’s odd, because 75% of small business owners say it harms their business

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks
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