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Impressions from today’s oral arguments in right wing’s capital gains tax legal challenge

Excerpt: Here's what it was like to be in the courtroom for oral arguments in Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al, the right wing legal challenge to the constitutionality of our recently enacted capital gains tax on the wealthy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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McCarthy’s uneasy majority tries to give rich tax cheats a gift as its first legislative act

Excerpt: “Only this extreme Republican majority would use its first bill of the 118th Congress to embolden tax cheats and cut services for working Americans: For decades, Republicans have been cutting necessary resources from the IRS,” Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Washington, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Washington State Supreme Court rules capital gains tax on wealthy can be collected for now

Excerpt: The ruling, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, frees the Department of Revenue (DOR) to proceed with collecting the new capital gains tax, which is a crucial new funding source for education, preschool, and early learning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Litigation
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Schumer, Manchin announce agreement on major climate and health focused budget bill

Excerpt: "This is the action the American people have been waiting for," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "This addresses the problems of today – high health care costs and overall inflation – as well as investments in our energy security for the future."  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment, Policy Topics
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Washingtonians remain supportive of a capital gains tax on the wealthy, despite right wing efforts to overturn ESSB 5096

Excerpt: 56% of 1,039 Washington voters interviewed from June 1st-2nd, 2022 expressed support for levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy after hearing a selection of arguments for and against it, while 37% expressed opposition. 7% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
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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
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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
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