Income Inequality

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Washington state has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country. Yet far too many people are not sharing in economic growth. Income inequality in Washington is growing rapidly and is higher now than before the recession. Today, the wealthiest 1 percent of Washingtonians rake in nearly 22 times more than the other 99 percent.

Our state economy will thrive when everyone can share in economic growth. We can build a strong and thriving middle class. To do it, we need to provide a solid economic foundation of opportunity for all our residents regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, or zip code. To help promote income equality, we must clean up our tax code, advance racial equity, and build a state budget that ensures opportunity for all.


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