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originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: KawRider9
I am just worried about a bunch conservatives moving to my state, WA. We are liberals on the West side and have some good things going. They will ruin it with hate and war mongering. The way they ruined Idaho the last 30yrs., especially the education system.
Washington State One of Three States Where Poverty Is Increasing
Posted by Elena Hernandez at Sep 18, 2014 09:00 PM
New Census data released today shows that Washington state was one of a handful of states where poverty increased between 2012 and 2013, while median income remained stagnant. The new numbers shed further light on the state’s uneven economic recovery and should serve as a call-to-action for lawmakers.
Washington state, New Jersey, and New Mexico were the only three states to see an increase in the total number of people living in poverty. Washington state-specific data include (see fact sheet):
•One in seven people (14.1 percent) live below the poverty line. This is up from 13.5 percent in 2012. For a family of three, the poverty line is defined as earning less than $19,530 per year.
•Child poverty remains stuck at 18 percent. The total number of children living in poverty was largely unchanged in 2013, except for children under five who experienced a small decline.
•Median household income remained stagnant. Median household income did not change between 2012 and 2013, but is still lower than it was before the Great Recession, which ended five years ago. However, the richest 5 percent of Washingtonians saw their earnings increase by 6 percent in 2013, while low and moderate income families experienced little, if any, growth (1).
You’ll Never Guess Which State Has the Nation’s Most Unfair Taxes
Jacob Davidson @JakeD
Jan. 14, 2015
Washington state may vote progressive, but its taxes are anything but.
When you think of states that hurt the poor and benefit the rich, ultra-progressive Washington state probably doesn’t spring to mind. And yet, according to a new analysis, Washington’s tax system is the most regressive in the nation, placing a disproportionate burden on those with the lowest incomes.
The study, published by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, finds the poorest 20% of Washington’s population pay almost 17% of their income in taxes, while the richest 1% pay just 2.4% of their earnings. The middle 60% of earners are taxed slightly more than 10% of their income.
“Given the gravity of the state’s ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education … the time has come for the court to impose sanctions,” the justices wrote.
At $100,000 per day, the fines would amount to more than $14 million by January, when the Legislature convenes for its next scheduled session.
By Joseph O’Sullivan
Seattle Times staff reporters
OLYMPIA — Prodded by a $100,000-a-day fine, Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders plan to dive back into the school-spending dispute Monday after the latest state Supreme Court repudiation of Washington’s chronic underfunding of public schools.
The court on Thursday morning delivered a unanimous order that made good on its earlier threat of sanctions, slamming the state for failing to come up with a plan to...
In 2010, the tea-party wave put Sam Brownback into the Sunflower State’s governor’s mansion and Republican majorities in both houses of its legislature. Together, they implemented the conservative movement’s blueprint for Utopia: They passed massive tax breaks for the wealthy and repealed all income taxes on more than 100,000 businesses. They tightened welfare requirements, privatized the delivery of Medicaid, cut $200 million from the education budget, eliminated four state agencies and 2,000 government employees. In 2012, Brownback helped replace the few remaining moderate Republicans in the legislature with conservative true believers. The following January, after signing the largest tax cut in Kansas history, Brownback told the Wall Street Journal, “My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, 'See, we've got a different way, and it works.' "
originally posted by: Willtell
In the 40’s 50’s 60’s and 70’s we had taxes on the rich at 90 percent. That means after earning a few million their tax rate went up. We had a degree of protectionism that protected jobs as well.
They, through the corporate fraud of "free trade” and coddling the rich and dramatically cutting their taxes gutted the system that made the American economy great.
Then that all blew up
It’s that dam simple
In the 70’s and 80’s you could get fired and go down the street and get a job. And I don’t mean at Burger King.
All this gutted the American cities of the great industrial belt.
the con job of conservative trickle down economics was the devil in the wood pile.