Tax Break Transparency & Accountability

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Every year, policymakers pour 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. And, despite many of these tax breaks being costly and inefficient tools for meeting public objectives, they have become very popular among lawmakers over the past few decades. Recent tax break reforms are a good start, but more needs to be done.

 

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