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Tag Archives: Fiscal Responsibility

Transparency matters: States like Washington need to adopt a tax expenditure budget

Excerpt: It's no secret that Washington has an upside down tax code, but what is largely a secret is who benefits from all the tax exemptions currently on our books. Other states keep a list of their tax breaks and how much they cost, but Washington doesn't. Learn why it's imperative we start doing so by reading this post.
Written by:Steve Zemke
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U.S. Congress votes to reopen the federal government, reauthorize CHIP for six years

Excerpt: Today, majorities in each house of the United States Congress voted to reopen and fund the federal government through February 8th, 2018, as well as reauthorize CHIP for another six years, after Senate Democrats reached understanding with Senate Republicans regarding the fate of DACA.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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For the first time, the federal government has shut down under one party (Republican!) rule

Excerpt: Proving once again that they are utterly incapable of governing, the Trump regime and congressional Republicans collectively failed tonight to keep the federal government funded and open for business, resulting in the first government shutdown in the history of the United States under one party rule.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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All systems go! Legislature *finally* sends capital budget to Governor Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: We have a capital budget! After many months and weeks of Four Corner negotiations, the Washington State Legislature has voted almost unanimously to authorize billions of dollars' worth of important, necessary projects that will strengthen our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Greed has won: U.S. Senate passes final version of Republicans’ depraved tax scam

Excerpt: Greedy Republicans have succeeded in overcoming the last of the hurdles that once stood in the way of their plot to plunder America's common wealth.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Greed wins again: U.S. Senate passes Republican tax scam in the dead of night

Excerpt: Fifty-one Republicans in the United States Senate just voted to set the United States on a course for economic catastrophe and unfathomable suffering.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Jinyoung Englund doesn’t think that Washington State’s tax code is regressive

Excerpt: Here in the majes­tic Pacif­ic North­west, in the great State of Wash­ing­ton, we have much to be thank­ful for and proud of. We are a nation­al leader advanc­ing wor­thy ideas like envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, fair pay, and sen­si­ble gun safe­ty laws. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there’s one area where we rank dead last among all fifty states, and that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Patty Kuderer: Republicans are mismanaging the Washington State Senate — let’s fire them

Excerpt: This year, vot­ers in five leg­isla­tive dis­tricts hold­ing spe­cial elec­tions will decide who con­trols the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture in 2018. The two cham­bers are cur­rent­ly each divid­ed by the nar­row­est of majori­ties, with Democ­rats hold­ing a razor thin major­i­ty in the House and Repub­li­cans hold­ing a razor thin major­i­ty in the Sen­ate. While the Demo­c­ra­t­ic […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ohio’s Tim Ryan thinks the way for Democrats to win elections is to become Republican-lite

Excerpt: Only some­one inhab­it­ing a bub­ble could pos­si­bly believe that the way for Democ­rats to win in 2018 is by embrac­ing the agen­da of the Unit­ed States Cham­ber of Com­merce. But that’s exact­ly what Tim Ryan of Ohio wants to do. Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep. Tim Ryan is going against par­ty lead­ers and call­ing for a busi­ness friend­ly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Party Politics
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Voters in Washington are enthusiastic about putting a price on pollution, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Near­ly three in five Wash­ing­ton vot­ers agree it’s time for the state to put a price on pol­lu­tion to fund a social­ly respon­si­ble tran­si­tion to clean ener­gy, accord­ing to a sur­vey con­duct­ed last month by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling for NPI. 59% of like­ly 2018 vot­ers sur­veyed agree that Wash­ing­ton State should reduce emis­sions of air pol­lu­tants […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Washingtonians still want a capital gains tax to fund public education, NPI poll confirms

Excerpt: A major­i­ty of Wash­ing­to­ni­ans remain sup­port­ive of levy­ing a cap­i­tal gains tax on the wealthy to ensure our state meets its para­mount duty of pro­vid­ing an amply fund­ed edu­ca­tion for all chil­dren resid­ing with­in its bor­ders, the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute’s most recent statewide sur­vey has con­firmed. 57% of like­ly 2018 Wash­ing­ton vot­ers sur­veyed by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican incompetence jeopardizing 2017–2019 capital budget for Washington State

Excerpt: State leg­is­la­tors may have been able to avoid a state gov­ern­ment shut­down by pass­ing an oper­at­ing bud­get on June 30th, but they are only hours away from fac­ing the con­se­quences of fail­ing to pass a 2017–2019 cap­i­tal bud­get, which will include lay­offs, project delays, and the con­tin­ued denial of an amply fund­ed pub­lic edu­ca­tion to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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City of Seattle adopts income tax on the wealthy; legal challenge coming

Excerpt: Seattle's City Council has voted unanimously to levy an income tax of 2.5 percent on high earners, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle over whether local governments have the authority to pursue progressive tax reform on their own.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians are hungry for meaningful corporate tax accountability, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: NPI's research has confirmed that there's an extraordinary appetite for meaningful accountability that spans the ideological spectrum and every demographic group imaginable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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