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Earth Day’s Importance and Evolution Since 1970

By the 1980s, the impact of environmental regulation in the United States started to bear fruit. We saw the GDP grow and the absolute levels of pollution start to decrease. For the most part, those trends have continued ever since. We have learned that we can grow our economy without destroying our natural resources.

Overtime: Washington Legislature Going Into Special Session

The House’s budget chair said Tuesday Washington lawmakers will not finish their work by Sunday’s deadline and will need a special session to work out the details on the state budget and adequately paying for public education. Gov. Jay Inslee agreed with Rep. Ross Hunter’s assessment.

State’s Tax Freedom Day Later Than Most

Our state will be the 41st in the nation to reach its Tax Freedom Day this year. That puts us among the nation’s top 10 highest-taxed states, along with New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota and California.

State Treasurer Calls for Income Tax to Help Fund Education

Among other things, the McIntire plan would institute a 5 percent personal-income tax with some exemptions, eliminate the state property tax and reduce business taxes. McIntire argued that an overhaul is necessary because the state’s current tax structure has caused the tax base to shrink over the past few decades. A Constitutional amendment would also establish a three-fifths majority-vote requirement in the Legislature to change taxes.

The Green Sheet for April 20, 2015

The 2015 legislative session is scheduled to end next week, but without any signs of progress on the budget, it’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The 2015 legislative session is scheduled to end next week, but without any signs of progress on the budget, it’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The real deadline for a grand bargain is not the April 26th, but July 1st, which is when the state government will partially shut

In Olympia, Not Much Talking in State Budget Talks

With just a week before the legislative session officially ends next Sunday, talks have broken down over bridging the gaps between the two parties’ widely different perceptions of how to fund education, social programs and other government basics.

Six Surprises From the Troy Kelley Indictment

After reading the 40–page document, which gives the federal grand jury and prosecutors’ views, here are six aspects of the allegations – and they are only allegations – that might surprise you.

Is Support for Income Redistribution Really Falling?

It is important to acknowledge that rising inequality doesn’t, by itself, generate a surge in support for redistributive policies. But when the debate gets down to specific proposals, redistributive arguments can still win out.