Taxing Matters If We Copied Massachusetts, Would We Get An A+ For Education? By Carolyn Adolph • Apr 19, 2016 KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph Listen Listening... / 3:58 In Washington state, we look at Massachusetts with envy. Massachusetts has a top-ranked education system, whereas Washington is in the lower middle. Washington Tax Revenue Would Be Double If It Was Idaho By Carolyn Adolph • Apr 5, 2016 AP Photo/Rachel La Corte Listen Listening... / 2:14 Washington state relies heavily on a sales tax for state revenue. More than 40 states in the union rely on both a sales tax and an income tax. Now there is fresh insight about what that means for Washington state compared to its neighbors. This Portland Barista Pays Fewer Taxes Than Seattle Baristas By Carolyn Adolph • Mar 31, 2016 KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph Listen Listening... / 4:41 In Oregon, the state tax system puts the burden more on the rich than the poor. Washington state is the opposite: Part-time workers pay up to 24 percent of their earnings in taxes, and people at the high end of the wage scale pay around 5 percent. Washington And Oregon Have A Tax Off. Who Wins? By Carolyn Adolph • Mar 31, 2016 KUOW Graphic/Kara McDermott Listen Listening... / 4:54 Washington has to pony up $3.5 billion for basic education – but how the heck is that going to happen? A back-of-the-envelope calculation by the Department of Revenue makes the solution look simple: Be like Oregon – or Idaho – and get an income tax.