National policies help families across the country meet basic needs for food, housing, and health care. These federal issues have a direct impact on the residents of Washington State. The Budget & Policy Center works to ensure that the interests of low and moderate income people are considered in the federal policy-making process.
- The federal estate tax is an important source of funding for such essential investments as health care, education, the environment and national security. It applies to a small number of the wealthiest estates, affecting only one of every 500 estates around the country. Even then, they pay on average less than one-fifth of the total value of the estates. Some proposals before Congress, would likely result in less equitable taxation or significant cuts to key priorities.
- August 1, 2006 - It has been ten years this month since the last time Congress passed a federal minimum wage increase, despite perennial proposals to do so.
- July 12, 2006 - Congress appears poised to dismantle the federal estate tax, polishing off a sixth year of dramatically negative changes to the federal tax system.