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Tag Archives: Budgeting

A late winter thaw in Congress yields another long-haul win for Senator Patty Murray

Excerpt: Last week, Congress approved an omnibus budget bill, long-overdue legislation to rescue the Postal Service, and a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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Lawsuits challenging Washington’s new state capital gains tax on the wealthy seek to re-rig our tax code in favor of the rich — indefinitely

Excerpt: Read NPI alum Patrick Stickney's assessment of the legal challenge to ESSB 5096, the most important tax reform legislation passed in decades, which is being contested in court in a pair of cases known as Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al.
Written by:Patrick Stickney
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Litigation
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House of Representatives approves historic Build Back Better Act, sending it to the Senate

Excerpt: At 6:44 AM Pacific on November 19th, 2021, by a vote of 220-213, the House adopted H.R. 5376, known as the Build Back Better Act, after Biden's campaign slogan, with all but one Democrat in favor and all Republicans opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Lynnwood’s $40 city vehicle fee stays intact in victory for multimodal transportation

Excerpt: A Tim Eyman-backed attempt in the Snohomish County city of Lynnwood to repeal the city's $40/year vehicle fee has been thwarted by a mayoral veto, leaving funding for vital multimodal transportation projects intact. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

Excerpt: "Blue States, You're the Problem" certainly has excellent production values and slick visuals. The discussion, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired. The opinion video by the New York Times' Johnny Harris and Binyamin Appelbaum could have been so much better... deeper, richer, and more informative.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s July 2021 survey of Seattle voters found deep support for JumpStart revenue plan

Excerpt: 67% of Seattle voters support Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's JumpStart revenue ordinance, with 27% opposed and 6% not sure. That’s a margin of well over two-to-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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