Schmudget Blog

Infographic: Income Inequality is Pulling Washington State Apart

Posted by michaelm at Nov 15, 2012 03:40 PM |

A new report released today  “Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends,” by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Economic Policy Institute,  shows that income inequality in Washington state is at historic highs. Since the late 1970s, incomes of the state’s wealthiest households have risen substantially, while moderate- and lower-income families have seen only small or negligible gains.

Unfortunately, budget and tax policy decisions in Washington  state have only exacerbated these trends making the gap between the wealthiest and lower-income households larger and harder to close. In order to stem the tide of increased inequality Washingtonians must come together to fix our broken revenue system and reinvest in the priorities that strengthen the middle class and ensure shared prosperity.

For more information on the strategies we can pursue to close gaps and spur economic growth, read our latest policy brief “In Pursuit of Prosperity: Eight Strategies to Rebuild Washington State’s Economy

Check out our infographic below detailing how Washington state has slowly been pulled apart.  A printable version can be found here.

Read the full report here.

Pulling_Apart_Long2

 

Document Actions
HIGHLIGHTS

We need your feedback on this website!

We will soon be redesigning the Budget & Policy Center website, and your input is critical to helping us ensure our new site is a valuable, go-to resource. We want your suggestions for making our website as effective and useful as possible. Please complete our brief survey by April 23, 2018. 

We are hiring

We currently have two job opportunities available to join the Budget & Policy Center’s awesome team: a policy analyst position and the Betty Jane Narver fellowship. We are also looking to bring on new members of our board of directors.

Check out Budget Beat

Learn about the pros and cons of the final supplemental state budget on our recent Budget Beat webinar, "Legislative Session 2018 Wrap-up." 

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.

Testimonies in Olympia

Misha TVW
Watch our 2018 legislative session testimonies on TVW: