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Washington congressmen urge Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to act on CAR T-Cell therapy payment mechanism for FY 2021

Lawmakers from Washington joined their U.S. House of Representatives colleagues in urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to act and create a payment model for an immunotherapy treatment used to treat blood cancers, to avoid causing further accessibility issues for patients, and reimbursement problems for hospitals, which could also lead to accessibility issues for patients.

WIC participation in Washington drops 23.2% over 5 years

The number of Washington residents taking part in the federal nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) declined 23.2 percent from fiscal years 2015 to 2019, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service reported.

Highest income earners in Washington taxed at 3% rate

The top 1 percent of earners in Washington are taxed at an effective rate of 3 percent, compared to the state’s 11 percent tax rate on the middle 20 percent of income earners, according to a new 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Seattle has liabilities equaling $5,400 per taxpayer

Among the 75 most populous cities in the U.S., Seattle ranks 44th for the state of its finances, having $5,400 in liabilities per taxpayer, according to a Truth in Accounting (TIA) analysis of municipal data released last month.

Inbound cigarette smuggling rate in Washington estimated at 42.8%

The inflow of smuggled cigarettes in Washington is 42.8 percent, according to a new study from the Tax Foundation that examines the relationship between cigarette taxes and smuggling.

Washington ranks 12th worst in new economic outlook analysis

Washington finished 39th in a study by the website Rich States, Poor States that examined the 50 states’ economic outlooks based on 15 weighted policy measures.

Washington ranks 10th worst on corporate tax study

Washington finished 41st in a study by the Tax Foundation examining how well states have structured their corporate income tax systems in 2020.

Washington among the 36 states with major tax changes in 2020

Washington was included in a new analysis from the Tax Foundation identifying 36 states that have major changes to their tax codes taking effect this year.

Washington job growth this year projected at 1.7%

Job growth in Washington is expected to reach 1.7 percent by the end of 2020, down from the state's 2019 job growth of 2.6 percent, according to a new study by Kiplinger that assessed state economic outlooks.

Washington has adequate funds to weather moderate recession

Washington would have adequate revenues to manage a moderate economic downturn without raising taxes or cutting services, according to a new analysis from Moody’s Analytics.

Washington ranks 19th in annual tax climate ranking

Washington finished 19th in a new study by the Tax Foundation showing which states are best at structuring their tax systems

College football coach is highest-paid public employee in Washington

Chris Petersen, head football coach at the University of Washington, earned $4.4 million in 2018, making Petersen the highest-paid public employee in Washington last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates.

Funding for arts agencies in Washington to reach $2.2 million in FY2020

Legislative appropriations for Washington arts agencies are projected to reach $2.2 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to 29 cents per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Washington levies a total tax on lodging of 6.5%

Hotel room bills in Washington tack on a total state lodging tax of 6.5 percent, the 22nd highest lodging tax rate in the nation, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

25 counties in Washington are now 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

Twenty-five counties in the state are now under a Second Amendment sanctuary law or ordinance, according to updates from the website Gunrightswatch.com and media reports.

9,369 borrowers in Washington filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter

Borrowers in Washington who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 9,369, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

$1.2 billion in federal research dollars flowed to Washington in FY 2018

Federal agency research dollars going to Washington totaled $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2018, according to a new analysis by the Research!America alliance.

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