Let’s create a tax code that works for everyone
Thriving communities require dependable resources, where everyone pitches in their share. But our state tax code holds us back. People with middle and low incomes pay a higher share of taxes than the top 1 percent, and special interests get unnecessary tax breaks. Lawmakers need to fix our upside-down tax code and pass equitable, sustainable revenue reforms. And you can be part of the movement of Washingtonians who are calling for these reforms.
Equip yourself with facts
Check out some helpful information about the challenges and opportunities within our tax code:
- The ten most regressive state and local tax systems, Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, 2018
- Five essential truths about our state tax code, Schmudget blog, 2018
- Washington state’s upside-down tax system takes a heavy toll on communities of color, Schmudget blog, 2015
Join the networks
There are some great coalitions in our state working to advocate for balancing the tax code so all our communities can thrive. Get involved with All In For Washington, an advocacy organization centering communities of color in this important work. Sign up for updates from Balance Our Tax Code, a coalition working to ensure the wealthiest pay their share toward investments in our communities.
Become a champion for reform
Tell your elected officials to prioritize commonsense fiscal solutions, like removing the tax break on capital gains, funding the modernized Working Families Tax Credit, and eliminating wasteful corporate tax breaks. To keep up with our solutions, connect with the Budget & Policy Center on email, Facebook, and Twitter.