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Don’t Fall for Millionaire Victimhood

As ballots are counted across King County, it looks like Prop 1 has failed. It had a worthy purpose – making art more accessible to low-income residents – but it was paid for with yet another sales tax in a

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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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Seattle City Council Committee Hosts “Trump-Proof Seattle: A Lunch and Learn Forum on Tax Justice”

The Seattle City Council’s Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee met for a “Lunch and Learn” session to discuss a plan to “Trump-Proof Seattle” (i.e. Seattle’s budget) by taxing unearned income (capital gains, interest and dividends) for households

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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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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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Two lessons for Washington’s legislators from the 2014 election

Reading what voters really want from election results is a tricky business. But now that the 2014 election contests are pretty much decided, here are some lessons for Washington’s legislators to consider for their 2015 session: First: Paid sick days

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

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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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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$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

February 14, 2012

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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$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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