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Why It’s Time to Ditch Washington’s Harmful Property Tax Restriction

Why It’s Time to Ditch Washington’s Harmful Property Tax Restriction

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2017-09-01 12:55:00 | (0) Comments

All of Washington’s kids deserve great schools, but the hard truth is that too many of them will remain saddled with under-resourced K-12 schools as long as a damaging law that arbitrarily suppresses state property tax collections remains on the books. This law starves Washington’s schools of adequate funding – and children of color have been disproportionately harmed by the chronic lack of investment in schools that it has created.  

Final Budget Makes Progress on Community Investments – for Now

Final Budget Makes Progress on Community Investments – for Now

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-07-21 18:20:00 | (0) Comments

Washington state lawmakers have enacted a two-year budget that makes some strong community investments now, with plans for more of the same in the future. There are definitely some things in this budget to like: the historic paid family and medical leave program that will support families; the approval of collective bargaining agreements for the front-line workers who keep the state running smoothly; and investments in K-12 schools that will put much-needed resources into classrooms. And even though lawmakers failed to make significant progress in some areas of the budget, they did avoid making the draconian, harmful cuts that the Senate Republicans proposed earlier this year.

Revenue Package Not Built to Last Over the Long Term

Revenue Package Not Built to Last Over the Long Term

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-07-12 15:00:00 | (0) Comments
By Kelli Smith, policy analyst, and Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy
 
In a legislative session where the central question was how to come up with the billions of additional dollars required to fund schools now and in the future, lawmakers settled for a short-term revenue solution that will not sustain our schools and communities in the long run. While it’s good that there’s at least some new revenue to support our schools, much more needs to be done to fund our schools and strengthen our state economy well into the future. Lawmakers should have included more equitable and sustainable property tax reforms in the revenue package, and they should have removed more unnecessary and wasteful tax breaks.

 

Governor’s Veto of Unnecessary, Short-Sighted Tax Giveaway Is the Right Move for Washington’s Future

Governor’s Veto of Unnecessary, Short-Sighted Tax Giveaway Is the Right Move for Washington’s Future

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2017-07-07 17:10:00 | (0) Comments
Statement by Executive Director Misha Werschkul
 
The Washington State Budget & Policy Center applauds Governor Jay Inslee for vetoing part 2 of Senate Bill 5977, which would have reduced the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate applied to manufacturers that do business in Washington state. As we previously noted, this tax giveaway that was snuck into the budget at the eleventh hour without any transparency or accountability measures would have been a bad deal for our state.

 

Three Reasons Why a New Tax Break for Manufacturers Is Bad for Washington State

Three Reasons Why a New Tax Break for Manufacturers Is Bad for Washington State

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2017-07-03 18:50:00 | (0) Comments

In the final hours of intense, behind-the-scenes negotiations over the recently enacted 2017-19 state budget, lawmakers in Washington state snuck in a major new tax break for manufacturers. This new tax break, which is one of 13 new or extended tax breaks included in Senate Bill 5977, would reduce the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate applied to Washington state-based manufacturers from the current rate of 0.484 percent to 0.2904 percent over the next four years. 

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Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

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Testimonies in Olympia

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