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Washington’s outdated and unbalanced tax system is the most regressive of any U.S. state. This inequity has intensified over the past three decades, as the income gap between the highest and lowest income Washingtonians has grown rapidly. Among myriad factors contributing to Washington’s current tax structure, foremost are the State’s populist and progressive roots, as well as the recent, increased use of the initiative and referendum process to limit government financing options. Ultimately, the tax structure’s extreme inequity violates any basic sense of justice, and threatens the State’s long-term capacity to meet the needs of its increasing and diversifying population.