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Senator Elizabeth Warren takes on critics, releases plan to finance Medicare For All

Excerpt: The Massachusetts Senator's plan foresees over $20 trillion in public investment over a decade, and would substantially reduce costs for ordinary Americans.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Senate Democrats unveil their own capital gains tax plan, but it doesn’t fund our schools

Excerpt: Levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy is a very good idea, but the Senate Democrats' plan sadly does not dedicate the money to our schools.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Good news: House Democrats introduce bill to create progressive tax reform task force

Excerpt: The legislation would create a task force to set Washington on a pathway to developing a credible plan to overhaul our unfair, broken tax code.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House, Senate agree on 2018 supplemental operating budget

Excerpt: As one of its final acts prior to adjourning Sine Die later on this evening, the Washington State Legislature today sent Governor Jay Inslee a supplemental operating budget agreement that appropriates funding to a host of essential public services necessary to the health and well-being of our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Bill to levy capital gains tax gets “do pass” recommendation from House Finance

Excerpt: A bill that would make Washington's upside down tax code more just and equitable by levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy has just been reported out of the House Finance Committee with a "do pass" recommendation.
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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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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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
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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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House Democrats unveil “Families First” budget proposal, embrace capital gains tax

Excerpt: Law­mak­ers rep­re­sent­ing Wash­ing­ton State’s House Demo­c­ra­t­ic major­i­ty took the wraps off of their bud­get this after­noon, offer­ing a stark­ly dif­fer­ent plan for the next bien­ni­um than the Sen­ate Repub­li­cans did last week. “Our approach to the bud­get is ‘what’s best for kids?’ This bud­get and our [edu­ca­tion fund­ing] plan is what’s best for kids,” the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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Tim Eyman vigorously endorses Senate Republican budget that raises property taxes

Excerpt: Sound­ing very much like a spokesman for top Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, Tim Eyman this morn­ing sent out an email offer­ing a ring­ing, fer­vent endorse­ment of the Sen­ate Repub­li­cans’ pro­posed bud­get for 2017–2019, which would increase prop­er­ty tax­es on many Wash­ing­to­ni­ans. “Here’s how my day went yes­ter­day: drove to and from Olympia through […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1550 would enrich the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us

Excerpt: As Wash­ing­ton home­own­ers received their most recent prop­er­ty tax bills, dis­graced ini­tia­tive pro­mot­er Tim Eyman couldn’t resist try­ing to exploit their con­cerns by announc­ing his intent to qual­i­fy an ini­tia­tive to the Novem­ber 2017 bal­lot that would cut prop­er­ty tax­es by twen­ty-five per­cent. Like Eyman’s I‑1366, which was struck down as uncon­sti­tu­tion­al last year, its […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rural Republicans: Tim Eyman’s I‑747 is choking the life out of our cities and counties

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on State Gov­ern­ment held a hear­ing on leg­is­la­tion that would replace Tim Eyman’s arbi­trary cap on prop­er­ty tax­es with more rea­son­able lim­its tied to dri­vers of local gov­ern­ments’ costs. The leg­is­la­tion, Sen­ate Bill 5772, is prime spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Jamie Ped­er­sen and cospon­sored by Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Mau­reen Walsh, among oth­ers. As […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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