Washington is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. There’s nowhere we’d rather live. We can lead the nation in education, natural beauty, healthcare, and prosperity -- but one big roadblock holds us back. Despite everything that’s great about Washington, we can’t ignore that the tax code is upside down and working families pay the price. When we all invest together, our communities thrive.
Our tax code is completely upside down. In fact, Washington has the most unbalanced, broken tax system in the country. Powerful special interests have manipulated the tax code by inserting tax breaks and special deals that only benefit themselves. Our state’s combination of tax loopholes and special deals for the rich means the wealthiest among us get richer while regular working families pay more -- as much as 6 times the rate the wealthiest pay. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Special Interests rigged a system so those making the least pay 18% or more of their income toward state and local taxes, those in the middle pay 11%, and the richest pay 3% or less.
We Can Work to Fix This
If we clean up the tax code, we’ll have more to invest back into the foundations that make our state so great. More investment in our communities means better schools, improved infrastructure, and quality healthcare. Together, we can balance our tax code.