@11 and @14, Texas schmexas - every state in the country has a more progressive tax system than Washington does: http://www.itep.org/whopays/
Since most revenue matters in Olympia require two-thirds House and Senate votes for passage, they're hostage to a minority - one-third of senators or representatives - who can block any path toward fairer/more adequate funding for higher ed (or anything else, for that matter).
There may be a way out, though. If Texas really is that progressive, maybe you could do us all a favor here in Washington by convincing Tim "King of Minority Rule" Eyman to move there. Thanks in advance!