Advocating for revenue: fixing our upside-down tax code

Washington state has the most upside-down tax system in the nation. The Covid-19 pandemic has only exasperated the problem with the wealthiest Washingtonians becoming even richer.  Meanwhile, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat, over one million people have filed for unemployment, and schools require even more resources than before.

The rich are using their power to rig the tax system for themselves. Then they pay as little as possible. Meanwhile, the poorest 25% of us – including many educators and our students – pay nearly 18% of our incomes in Washington state taxes. We can do better.

It's time to require the wealthiest among us to pay their share. We can't keep relying on Washington’s low income and working families to fund our schools, hospitals, and roads. It's time to fix our upside-down tax code.

  • Victory: Capital gains tax

    In 2021, we passed the capital gains tax, a small tax on massive stock market profits.  Hear our WEA president Larry Delaney explain how the tax works, and why only the very wealthiest will be paying it.

  • Take action: sign the petition

  • Up next: Efforts continue

    We’re continuing to pursue different tools to help fix our broken tax code.  As part of Invest in Washington Now, WEA is supporting efforts to make sure the rich pay their fair share.