Washington: Education, Carbon, and Taxes Oh My!
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Washington: Education, Carbon, and Taxes Oh My!

  • Author(s): Richards, Erin
  • Artime, Michael
  • Benjamin, Francis
  • et al.
Abstract

As a state that overwhelmingly relies on sales tax revenue, Washington benefitted from a strong economy in 2018.  However, that revenue was necessary as the state faced a court ordered deadline to fully fund K-12 education, and a need to address transportation, mental health, and a capital budget held over from the 2017 session. This is all in addition to creating a new Department of Children, Youth and Families.  The state government was under unified government for the first time since 2012 which may have contributed to the state completing its work in a supplemental budget year on time and adjourning by the March deadline.

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