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Senate candidates turn out for forum ahead of primary

News Coverage | August 1, 2018 | Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

The candidates assailed Washington state’s tax structure numerous times. Schipper lamented that lower earners in the state have to pay as much as 17 percent of their income to sales and property taxes but the wealthy only pay 2 percent — a claim that is largely true, according to findings by the Economic Opportunity Institute, as reported in The Seattle Times.

Ignoring LGBT individuals allows the gay wage gap to continue

News Coverage | July 25, 2018 | Real Change

The data, recently published in an Economic Opportunity Institute report, show the same gap that Klawitter found. In Seattle, men in same-sex marriages made a median of 18.4 percent less than men in opposite-sex marriages. Women in same-sex marriages in Seattle make a median of 1.4 percent more than women in opposite-sex marriages — but they still make 25.6 percent less than men in same-sex marriages.

Washington state ranks among the worst for income inequality

News Coverage | July 23, 2018 | Puget Sound Business Journal

The top 1 percent of Washington state earners make 24.2 times more than their fellow residents, according to a recent report from the Seattle-based Economic Opportunity Institute. With annual income averaging $1.4 million for the few at the very top but only $57,100 for the bottom 99 percent, Washington state had the 10th widest gap of all U.S. states, the liberal-leaning nonprofit found in its analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the IRS.

Czy Amazon zrujnował Seattle? Wielkie inwestycje to też nowe problemy (in Polish)

News Coverage | July 23, 2018 | Forsal

John Burbank z Economic Opportunity Institute mówi dziennikowi, że pomiędzy wzrostem liczby bezdomnych, a wzrostem liczby mieszkańców zarabiających więcej niż 250 tys. dolarów rocznie istnieje bardzo silna korelacja.

Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon’s home

News Coverage | July 4, 2018 | The Guardian

John Burbank of the Economic Opportunity Institute said there is a a direct link between the surge in highly paid jobs and the numbers of people forced on to the street. “There’s an incredible correlation between the increase in homelessness and the increase in the number of people who have incomes in excess of $250,000,” he said. “That has grown by almost 50% between 2011 and 2017. The population of homeless kids in the Seattle public schools has grown from 1,300 kids to 4,200.”

There’s a Cloud Over Seattle

News Coverage | June 19, 2018 | Seattle Mag

We often reach for punitive measures to solve problems. We punish pop drinkers with a tax on sugar drinks. We punish all city residents—especially those with low incomes—with the most regressive tax structure of any city in the state, according to a recent report by the Economic Opportunity Institute. In “progressive” Seattle, a household earning $25,000 pays 17 percent of its income in state and local taxes, while a household earning $250,000 pays just 4.4 percent. But the burden is there for the middle class as well, as demonstrated by recent property tax hikes, though many are self-inflicted by us well-meaning voters.

This Is What Plutocracy Looks Like! Seattle’s Amazon Tax Is Ejected before a Dime is Collected

News Coverage | June 14, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly

Hellman notes that, “An April Economic Opportunity Institute report showed that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy."

Head tax repealed By Seattle City Council

News Coverage | June 13, 2018 | Tukwila Reporter

An April Economic Opportunity Institute report showed that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy. A 2015 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report also indicated that Washington’s tax system was the most regressive in the country because of its heavy reliance on sales taxes.

Seattle City Council Plans to Repeal Head Tax

News Coverage | June 12, 2018 | Seattle Weekly

The ordinance, which would’ve affected three percent of businesses, would have been a change of pace for Seattle. An April Economic Opportunity Institute report showed that Seattle has the most regressive tax system in Washington, meaning that the poorest residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy. A 2015 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report also stated that Washington’s tax system that heavily relied on sales taxes was the most regressive in the country.

Without Census Recognition, LGBT Pay Gap, Inequalities Go Unnoticed

News Coverage | June 11, 2018 | Public News Service

Matthew Caruchet, author of the Economic Opportunity Institute report, said the question could have provided important information on an area with little research: the LGBT pay gap. He compared this issue to the women's pay gap, which can draw on decades of census data. "When we don't have an accurate count of LGBT people or what their situation is, we can't address the problems that face that community,” Caruchet said. “And it's easy to say that problems don't exist, because there's no data."

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