The relationship between taxes and the economy is a complex one. Since most taxes collected in the country are levied by state and local governments, and states have very different systems and rates of taxation, the impacts of taxes on economies and societies will vary around the country.
It is quite possible that young people who want to start families are leaving the Seattle area in substantial numbers, but the implications are not really clear. Do we have a normal underlying, stable demographic with this churning of young adults layered on top?
Since passage of the Growth Management Act in 1990 the state and region have been in the forefront of what came to be know as the Smart Growth movement. If we have been leaders, do we have any followers?
If you live in one of the well-educated neighborhoods of Puget Sound, you might wonder what the fuss is about. All the kids in the neighborhood are on a college track. Just where are all these seniors who are seeing their education come to an end upon graduation?
Going out-of-state has not been much of a solution to the problem of too few seats in Washington’s public and private higher education network. Washington has among the lowest rates of college enrollment by recent high school graduates.