Tax Break Transparency & Accountability

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Every year, policymakers pore over the state budget, carefully examining expenditures on health care, education, public safety, and other important investments. Yet, hundreds of state tax breaks with little or no proven benefits to Washingtonians do not receive any review or assessment from lawmakers and simply remain on the books for years or decades. Wasteful tax breaks are depriving our communities of billions of dollars that are instead being funneled to large corporations and special interests that have manipulated the tax code in their favor. Those special interests are receiving money that our state could be investing in public priorities that benefit us all, like schools, utilities, and emergency services. To support the wellbeing of our state and its people, lawmakers must work to clean up our tax code so that it serves all Washingtonians and secures revenue to fund important state programs. 

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