Poll Shows Washingtonians Support Progressive Income Tax Proposal


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Washington State has the most regressive tax structure in the country according to ITEP's recent Who Pays? report, which analyzed the tax structures of all fifty states. Not only does the state's tax structure hit low- and middle-income families the hardest, but it's also unsustainable because it doesn't generate enough revenue to fund public services.

The introduction of an income tax targeted at wealthy taxpayers would go a long way to solving both of these problems. Such a proposal is being touted by Bill Gates Sr. and a large coalition of groups promoting an initiative that, if put on November's ballot, would raise taxes on couples earning more than $400,000 ($200,000 for singles).

According to a recent poll from the University of Washington, the state's voters favor this tax reform by a 58 to 30 percent margin. If the initiative passes, Washington would join the vast majority of other states that have income taxes.

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