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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Capital gains tax on wealthy gets approved by the Washington State Senate!

Excerpt: In a huge breakthrough, NPI's top legislative priority has secured the support of an absolute majority of the state's forty-nine senators. Now it's on to the House of Representatives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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History in the making: Washington State Senate opens floor debate on capital gains tax

Excerpt: It's a big day in the statehouse! For the first time, a proposal to fund essential public services with a capital gains tax is getting considered on the Senate floor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate passes Biden’s American Rescue Plan with concessions to Senator Joe Manchin

Excerpt: With Alaska's United States Senator Dan Sullivan absent, Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote was not needed to pass the bill. All fifty Democratic senators voted for it, while the other forty-nine Republicans voted against it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Flashback: Six years ago, The Seattle Times was all for a capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: In this installment of the Cascadia Advocate's long running series, the 2015 Seattle Times editorial board debunks the 2021 board's position on taxing capital gains at the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Must-read Seattle Times story details how Eyman initiatives sabotaged public health

Excerpt: Washington State's public health departments have been woefully underfunded for years, and we're now paying the price. The problem dates back to the early 2000s, when a pair of destructive Tim Eyman initiatives were implemented.
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U.S. House passes Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19

Excerpt: The vote on final passage was two hundred and nineteen to two hundred and twelve. All Republicans voted nay, and all but two Democrats voted aye. 
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Proposal to fund childcare with a capital gains tax advances in the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate's Ways & Means Committee approved a progressive tax reform idea NPI has been championing for years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI again urges Washington State Legislature to embrace equity with a capital gains tax

Excerpt: Voters in Washington State have told the Northwest Progressive Institute they support a capital gains tax on the wealthy for six years running. It's time to act.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Year-end pandemic relief bill clears both houses of Congress with bipartisan support

Excerpt: With just a few days to go before 2020 ends, the House and Senate have given approval to a $2.3 trillion combined pandemic relief package and omnibus appropriations bill.
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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.
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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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