Study finds minimal impacts from Seattle minimum wage law, but the jury’s still out

A new study from Michael Reich, Sylvia Allegretto, and Anna Godoey of the University of California, Berkeley looks at the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance.

There may be support for proposed online sales tax, but could Washington actually collect any revenues?

The 2017–19 operating budget that was passed by the House earlier this year assumes enactment of several new taxes. These include requiring remote sellers, marketplace facilitators and referrers to collect and remit sales taxes on online purchases made by Washington residents or report the sales to the Department of Revenue (so that it could then collect use taxes from the buyers directly). It’s estimated that it would increase revenues by $329.2 million in 2017–19.

Seattle income tax details and legal questions

Last month, the Seattle City Council approved a resolution calling for a city income tax. A proposed ordinance has now been released, and there will be a hearing tomorrow.

Uncertainty in the health insurance market and the role of subsidies

Yesterday the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) announced that no insurer has filed to participate in the individual health insurance market in Grays Harbor or Klickitat counties in 2018. According to the OIC, as of March, 1,119 people in Klickitat County and 2,227 people in Grays Harbor County purchased insurance through the individual market. The OIC notes,

Seattle is a taxing place

The Seattle City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will meet tomorrow to possibly vote on the proposed pop tax (technically “a tax on engaging in the business of distributing sweetened beverages”) and to discuss an income tax for the city. (See today's 

As the Legislature begins its second special session, OSPI offers a new K–12 plan

Yesterday the Legislature began the second special session of the year, because the Legislature has not come to an agreement on an operating budget or an education plan to comply with the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

When it comes to public policy, watch your phraseology!

Opportunity Washington has a good post on tax policy terminology that links to a new paper about getting past the

Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS and the future for fossil fuel exports

On April 28, Cowlitz County and the Department of Ecology finally released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) project—more than five years after the project was proposed. The EIS is required under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

New brief: Senate- and House-Passed Capital Budgets Include About $1 Billion for Public Schools

Last week we published a two-page comparison of the capital budgets that have been passed by the Senate and House.

New today is a more detailed look at the proposals: Senate- and House-Passed Capital Budgets Include About $1 Billion for Public Schools. Briefly:

New brief: Comparing the Capital Budgets

The House and Senate have each passed capital budgets, but they differ by $157 million. In a new policy brief, we provide a side-by-side comparison of some of the major provisions of each proposal.

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