Budget

Has State Spending Really Been Cut by $12 Billion?

In his State of the State speech on January 13th, Governor Jay Inslee said existing and projected state spending had been cut by $12 billion. In fact, taking a longer view, inflation adjusted per capita state spending has increased by 24% since 1990.

WSLC President’s Report: Week 1 in Olympia

The Shared Prosperity Agenda introduced by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and our community partners to the 2015 Washington State Legislature addresses the revolution in values that we so desperately need to regain a sense of common purpose as a society.

Op-Ed: Washington’s Tax Structure in Perspective (Spoiler Alert, in Context It’s Progressive)

How progressive the combined tax structure should be will always be a matter of political debate. Should progressive taxation be a policy objective, however, the federal government is best positioned to address the issue. When states adopt highly progressive structures, they increase the volatility of their revenue systems and create incentives for mobile affluent households

Sen. Hill: Put 2/3rds of New Revenue to Education Funding

In keeping with a two-thirds theme for the first two days of the legislative session, Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond and the budget writer in the Senate, held a hearing Tuesday on his proposal to devote two-thirds of all new state revenue to education funding.

WSBPC 2015-17 Legislative Agenda

A revenue system that reduces income inequality, and yields stable and dependable resources to invest in the policies and programs all Washingtonians need to thrive.