Capital Gains

Capital gainsWashingtonians receive a tax break on capital gains – the profits they make from the sale of high-end capital assets – which contributes to our state having the most upside-down tax code in the nation, in which people with low incomes pay seven times more as a share of their household incomes in state and local taxes than the wealthiest one percent. Eliminating the break on capital gains would help flip our tax code right-side up while providing our state with more revenue to pay for schools and other key priorities that help communities thrive. 


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A Capital Reform: Using Capital Gains to Fuel Job Creation and Economic Prosperity in Washington State

To create jobs, spur long-term economic growth, and foster prosperity, Washington state desperately needs to rebuild our eroding education, public health, and community safety infrastructure. The state has a powerful, but untapped resource to accomplish this: capital gains. A modest tax on some capital gains would help fuel economic recovery and opportunity for future generations of Washingtonians...
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Our Seattle Policy Summit

You can watch our Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit, which took place on December 6, online. The first part of the day (watch here) featured Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Race Forward President Glenn Harris. The second part of the day (watch here) featured Budget & Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown of the Seattle Foundation. 

Our Policy Priorities

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 to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team was in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our testimonies on TVW:
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