Federal Issues

Environment

Federal budget proposals can have a big impact on our state government. Investments in health care, the environment, public safety, public health, infrastructure, and anti-poverty programs can help our state thrive. However, big budget cuts to these areas can harm our state residents and hurt our economy.

In partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, and other statewide and national research partners, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center conducts research and analysis on the impact key federal policy decisions would have on our state budget and our residents.

Current Federal Estate Tax Supports Public Priorities

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.

New Federal Estate Tax Bill would lower the Washington Minimum Wage for many workers

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.

Proposed federal estate tax changes would continue recent trend of cutting taxes for wealthiest Washingtonians

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.

How would a repeal or near repeal of the Federal Estate Tax Impact Washington?

June 5, 2006 - Legislation is moving this week in the Senate to repeal the federal estate tax, a move that would cut federal funding by a trillion dollars over ten years.
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Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance.

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