Taxing the Rich

A article from yesterday looks at how the federal government and some states are considering increasing taxes on the wealthy.  It includes a discussion of Initiative 1098 in Washington.

Dedicated Fund Transfers to the General Fund

Dick Davis has a piece in the Puget Sound Business Journal today on dedicated funds and the state budget. The first 4 paragraphs are available on the public portion of the PSBJ web site. (A subscription is required to read the whole thing.)

Washington's Business Tax Burden

We have published a brief, which is available here, on the business tax burden in Washington.


Our intern, Nikolai Riabov, recently posted on this blog a table comparing state and local taxes by state based upon the Census Bureau’s 2008 survey of government finances.

Update: Comparative State and Local Taxes

The Census Bureau recently released the latest statistics on state and local taxes as part of its 2008 Survey of Government Finances.

June Revenue Forecast

In its quarterly meeting this morning, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) approved revised forecasts of general fund revenue for the 2009-11 and 2011-13 biennia. Meeting documents are available here.

June Economic and Revenue Update

Last Friday, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (EFRC) posted its monthly progress report, the Economic and Revenue Update, for June. The update sets the stage for Thursday, when EFRC will issue its quarterly update to the state revenue forecast.

The U.S. economy has performed largely as anticipated in the February forecast,

Times Editorial From Rasmussen's WRC Dinner Remarks: "Cynical Nation"

The Seattle Times draws on Scott Rasmussen's speech at the Research Council dinner for this excellent editorial.

"People don't trust government projections," Rasmussen said. "Eighty-one percent believe that whatever the government says, it will cost more."

A Great 78th Annual Meeting for the WRC


Excellent coverage of Scott Rasmussen's speech in Washington State Wire.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen Featured Speaker at WRC's 78th Annual Meeting

Join us Wednesday, May 26, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, to celebrate 78 years of the Washington Research Council. Our keynote speaker will be Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, one of the nation's premier polling firms.

The meeting begins as 7:00 p.m. Reception begins at 5:30.

Contact the WRC for ticket information.