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Washington’s Equity Gap: Lower tax rates for higher incomes

Excerpted from Washington State Budget 101: Most states have an income tax that makes their tax system more equitable across all incomes and better ensures public revenues keep up with population and economic growth. That means other states have been

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

December 20, 2011

This brief lists, in detail, $2 billion in annual state revenue that could be raised by asking the wealthiest corporations and people to pay their fair share, ending tax preferences for big banks and and commercial farms, and updating our

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

“We have a 1063 in progress. The governor’s hands are tied.”

via Slog: On teacherswithspine.org, here’s a trailer for a bona fide Washington State thriller (made by Sandy Cioffi and three graduates from the now-maybe-defunct, maybe-coming-back-in-some-form Seattle Central Community College film program—a possible deal may be in the works to restore

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Bass ackwards: How America’s tax code hurts the middle class and coddles millionaires

By David Cay Johnston, excerpted from Reuters: Everyone seems to know that about half of Americans paid no income taxes in 2009 and that the top 1 percent paid about 37 percent of the income taxes. But how many people

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

One Billion in Progressive Revenue

One Billion in Progressive Revenue

November 14, 2011

Washington legislators will convene a special session on November 28th to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in expected revenue for the remainder of the 2011-13 state budget. As this fact sheet outlines, by closing tax breaks that favor the

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How to modernize Washington’s tax code and rebuild our local economy

Washington legislators will convene a special session this fall to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in the state’s expected revenue for 2011-13, brought on by high unemployment and the lingering recession. State lawmakers have already slashed billions of dollars from

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check

Revenues to Rebuild Washington’s Economy

Revenues to Rebuild Washington’s Economy

October 21, 2011

Washington lawmakers have slashed billions of dollars from the state operating budget since 2008, crippling individuals, schools, and communities in every part of the state. Meanwhile, tax breaks for the wealthiest people and corporations undercut investments in the education system

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

National unity requires equality of opportunity

Reprinted from The Everett Herald It isn’t any surprise that people are pessimistic and negative right now. If we have jobs, we are worried about keeping them. If we don’t, we are worried about making ends meet, especially as unemployment

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Tax Flight Is a Myth: Higher State Taxes Bring More Revenue, Not More Migration

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Attacks on sorely-needed increases in state tax revenues often include the unproven claim that tax hikes will drive large numbers of households — particularly the most affluent — to other states. The

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Public policy choices built the middle class – and they can also destroy it

For 30 years Washington state and the U.S. as a whole have experienced a decline in the middle class. If you listen to the pundits on TV, it sounds like it was inevitable – or at least unavoidable. Nothing could

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Retirement Security
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