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Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's unconventional perspective on world, national, and local politics.

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The Biden-Harris administration’s American Rescue Plan is popular with Washingtonians

Excerpt: 60% of nine hundred and ninety two likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed late last month by Public Policy Polling said they supported the American Rescue Plan, while 32% were opposed and 8% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judge Mary Roberts: Seattle’s JumpStart revenue ordinance is legal and constitutional

Excerpt: The City of Seattle has the legal authority to levy an excise tax on annual payrolls of $7 million or higher with employees who make $150,000 or more annually, a King County Superior Court judge has ruled.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden’s primetime address adeptly sought to relink U.S. to the idea of E Pluribus Unum

Excerpt: America's forty-sixth president is commendably seeking to restore faith in government, showing that the people of the United States can enable each other to realize their hopes and dreams.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government
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VICTORY! State Senate okays final version of capital gains tax bill, sending it to governor

Excerpt: NPI's top legislative priority, the levying of a capital gains tax on the wealthy, has finally left the Washington State Legislature after more than half a decade of discussion and consideration.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The American Rescue Plan: An opportunity to scrap Reaganomics and government bashing

Excerpt: It's time to show the country that governments works, while keeping Republicans from gobbling up credit for what they voted against.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Capital gains tax on wealthy gets approved by the Washington State Senate!

Excerpt: In a huge breakthrough, NPI's top legislative priority has secured the support of an absolute majority of the state's forty-nine senators. Now it's on to the House of Representatives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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History in the making: Washington State Senate opens floor debate on capital gains tax

Excerpt: It's a big day in the statehouse! For the first time, a proposal to fund essential public services with a capital gains tax is getting considered on the Senate floor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate passes Biden’s American Rescue Plan with concessions to Senator Joe Manchin

Excerpt: With Alaska's United States Senator Dan Sullivan absent, Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote was not needed to pass the bill. All fifty Democratic senators voted for it, while the other forty-nine Republicans voted against it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Flashback: Six years ago, The Seattle Times was all for a capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: In this installment of the Cascadia Advocate's long running series, the 2015 Seattle Times editorial board debunks the 2021 board's position on taxing capital gains at the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Must-read Seattle Times story details how Eyman initiatives sabotaged public health

Excerpt: Washington State's public health departments have been woefully underfunded for years, and we're now paying the price. The problem dates back to the early 2000s, when a pair of destructive Tim Eyman initiatives were implemented.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19

Excerpt: The vote on final passage was two hundred and nineteen to two hundred and twelve. All Republicans voted nay, and all but two Democrats voted aye. 
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Proposal to fund childcare with a capital gains tax advances in the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate's Ways & Means Committee approved a progressive tax reform idea NPI has been championing for years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Republicans seek to devitalize COVID relief bill that will define Biden’s presidency

Excerpt: The Republicans’ offer may well be a gambit designed to get skin in the game. If the past offers any indication, however, the process will get drawn out and urgency will be lost if Biden decides to try to do a deal with them.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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