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Tag Archives: Fiscal Responsibility

Big money is flowing into a right wing ballot campaign to repeal state capital gains tax

Excerpt: The committee, helmed by longtime Republican operative J. Vander Stoep, has not disclosed its plans to the public, but its aim appears to be to qualify a measure to the November 2022 statewide ballot that would completely repeal ESSB 5096, the popular 2021 law that levied a capital gains tax on the wealthy to fund early learning, childcare, and K-12 education.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
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Quinn plaintiffs obtain ruling striking down Washington’s capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: A Douglas County Superior Court judge has ruled that ESSB 5096 isn't constitutional. That decision will be appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court. In the meantime, some on the right wing are clamoring for an initiative to overturn Washington's new state capital gains tax in the court of public opinion... but NPI's polling suggests voters wouldn't be receptive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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Here’s what Washington voters said last spring when asked a neutral question about our new state capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: Tim Eyman claims that voter responses to his propaganda pieces demonstrate that voters don't like Senate Bill 5096. But our polling, conducted according to the scientific method, shows the opposite.
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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DONE! Governor Jay Inslee signs bill to levy a capital gains tax on the wealthy into law

Excerpt: ESSB 5096 was NPI's top priority for the 2021 legislative session, having been originally requested by the governor over six and a half years ago. Now it's the law of the land!
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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All Washingtonians will benefit from our new state capital gains tax, even those who pay it

Excerpt: Read NPI's rejoinders to a long list of bad arguments that right wing Republicans have been making against our new state capital gains tax on the wealthy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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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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