Why Washington’s tax structure is the worst

My interview with Marilyn Watkins – a Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute – regarding Washington State’s regressive tax system.

Central Circuit

Tax policy 101 from an expert

By Josh Kelety

Originally published in the December 2014 issue.

Marilyn Watkins has been a Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute for 15 years, and she knows a heck of alot about topics such as Washington State tax policy and gender pay equity issues. The Central Circuit called her up to get a run-down of Washington State’s highly regressive tax structure.

So where does our tax money go? What services are we all paying for?

The [state] general fund budget is what we are really talking about here … half of that goes to the K-12 public education system, roughly 10% goes to pay for the whole system of higher education including the community and technical colleges as well as the four year universities. There’s some social and human services, children services, health services for seniors, services for disabled people … and then…

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