April inspired us to learn more about Washington State's unique tax system and share that information with our listeners. (Wuestenigel, Creative Commons)

Every one knows there are two things you can’t escape in life, death and taxes. While I’d add a few more items to that list, it seems that with Washington State having such an, ahem, unique tax system, the time had come for us to tackle the topic of taxes on The Urbanist podcast.

So in this episode, Ray and I talk about Washington State’s tax system — the agrarian origins of how we became one of a select few U.S. states without an income tax, what it means to be one of these states, and what efforts have been under way to make Washington’s tax system fairer. We also share our “dream” taxes and cover the wealth tax that was proposed in the state legislature this year. 

Also, if it sounds like I was abducted and had to call into the podcast episode from a 1950’s AM radio frequency, don’t worry, I’m fine and 100% in 2023. And by next week I’ll have the right adapter on hand for my microphone. Ham radios are really cool, but sounding like you’re on a ham radio on a podcast is not. Apologies. 

As always, we love to hear from you. Tell us anything you’ve heard from the podcast that you’d like an update about, questions, or ideas for future episodes. Reach out to us at podcast [at] theurbanist.org. 

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Natalie Bicknell Argerious (she/her) is a reporter and podcast host at The Urbanist. She previously served as managing editor. A passionate urban explorer since childhood, she loves learning how to make cities more inclusive, vibrant, and environmentally resilient. You can often find her wandering around Seattle's Central District and Capitol Hill with her dogs and cat. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.