The fight for a progressive tax
Washington is one of a handful of states without a personal income tax after the state Supreme Court struck one down in the 1933 decision in Culliton v. Chase. The 110 years since that ruling have seen a continuing — and unsuccessful — battle by some elected officials to implement a more progressive tax system.
That ruling – and failures since then to impose taxes on income – has made the state largely dependent on business and sales taxes, as well as property taxes, to fund government. With that mix of taxes, people who make less money ultimately pay a higher share of their
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