Calling All Nonprofits and Local Governments: Adopt a Resolution in Support of Progressive State Revenue
Washington State has one of the most regressive tax codes in the United States. This means those who make the least amount of income pay on average 17.8% of their earnings in taxes, but the top 1% of income earners pay just 3% of their income in taxes. 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 and state budget deficits, human services funding is 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 are going to be faced with a significant budget deficit during the upcoming 2021 legislative session. They have the choice to prevent deep and harmful cuts by enacting progressive revenue. It is up to us to ensure that our lawmakers oppose cuts and vote yes for a new way forward.
Join the list below of organizations and public entities that have expressed clear support for state progressive revenue by introducing a resolution at an upcoming board meeting or council meeting! Not sure how to get started? Click the link below.
Pass a Resolution for Progressive Revenue!
Are you a nonprofit board member or director? Get started here!
Are you a local elected official? Contact John Stovall at firstname.lastname@example.org for sample resolution language.