We all have a stake in the basic services and supports that help Washington’s kids. We count on programs and services, quality schools, health care and other public goods that make Washington great. Our shared investments contribute to quality early learning, child nutrition, and other services and supports that let kids thrive.
But our upside-down tax code harms our future. Our outdated, upside-down tax system has caused revenues as a proportion of the economy to shrink over the past 15 years. In response, lawmakers have cut basic services for kids and families. Meanwhile, they have also created and sustained more than 600 tax preferences without fully accounting for their public use. These tax preferences for special interests shift the cost of basic services to those least able to bear it: low- and moderate-income households.
These choices are harming children and families—and producing inequities that disproportionately hurt kids of color, whose families have faced longtime barriers to good jobs and economic stability. That’s no way to build a healthy future.
Lawmakers must close outdated and unnecessary tax preferences and adopt new sources of revenue:
- Raise revenue by creating a state capital gains tax;
- Tax harmful carbon pollution;
- Close tax preferences that fail to serve kids, families and a healthy future.