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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 […]
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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Go Jay Inslee! Governor proposes $3.9 billion in new revenue for our K-12 public schools

Excerpt: Declaring that we have a duty to follow our Constitution and provide a quality education to every child in our state, Governor Inslee today unveiled a bold plan to fully fund our state’s K-12 public schools and end the McCleary litigation. “We face an opportunity — and an obligation — in this upcoming session to […]
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