ENACT PROGRESSIVE REVENUE TO MAKE OUR TAX CODE FAIRER AND PROTECT AGAINST CUTS TO HUMAN SERVICES
In Washington, those who earn the least pay over 17% of their income in taxes, while the wealthiest pay just 3%. This makes our tax code the most regressive in the United States.
Read about the negative racial equity impacts of our state’s regressive tax code in “Washington’s Tax Code is an Untapped Resource to Advance Racial Justice” by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.
During economic downturns, human services funding is often among the first budget areas to be considered for cuts to make up for revenue losses. Cuts to human services have disproportionate impacts on Washington’s lowest income communities and on communities of color – the very communities paying the highest percentage of their income in state taxes. Lawmakers have the choice to prevent deep and harmful cuts by enacting progressive revenue and asking the wealthiest to contribute more.
We are working with a broad coalition supporting progressive revenue.
Learn about the Balance Our Tax Code Coalition.
Pass a resolution for supporting progressive revenue:
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- Are you a local elected official? Contact john Stovall at firstname.lastname@example.org for sample resolution language.
The following organizations have passed resolutions in support of progressive revenue: