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By Elizabeth Hovde
Policy Analyst, Washington Policy Center 

Payroll tax for WA Cares has begun, but meetings continue on program details


August 3, 2023

We have lift-off! That was the theme at Tuesday’s meeting for the commission set up to oversee the ongoings of WA Cares, a state-imposed, long-term-care program that is supposed to be funded by Washington state workers and help some individuals fund activities of daily life, if they are needed someday.

Many workers likely noticed additional cuts to their paychecks this month, even if they hadn’t heard about WA Cares. The tax is 58 cents for every $100 earned.

Because the payroll tax just launched after an 18-month stall that seemed to take place not to fix all the troubles with WA Cares...

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