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Washington State Lawmakers Smart to Embrace Affordable Care Act

Washington State Lawmakers Smart to Embrace Affordable Care Act

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2014-09-16 21:04:45 | (0) Comments

Census data released today shows that the number of people without health care coverage in Washington state (960,000) remained unchanged between 2012 and 2013. The new data, however, is not recent enough to capture the impact of Washington state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has enrolled over a half million people since the close of open enrollment earlier this year.

Statement on Court Ruling in McCleary Case

Statement on Court Ruling in McCleary Case

Posted by Ben Secord, 2014-09-11 21:42:24 | (0) Comments

In response to today’s Supreme Court ruling in the McCleary case, executive director Remy Trupin issued the following statement:

New Revenue Needed to Deliver Better Education to All Students

New Revenue Needed to Deliver Better Education to All Students

Posted by Ben Secord, 2014-09-03 20:40:00 | (0) Comments

Today, lawyers for the state will go before justices of the Washington Supreme Court in the latest showdown in the McCleary case on education funding. The Court has ordered state lawmakers to defend their lack of progress on meeting the requirements of the ruling, which calls for billions in new funding for K-12 schools by 2018. They face contempt charges and other possible sanctions.

Kids Need More Than K-12 to Thrive

Kids Need More Than K-12 to Thrive

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2014-09-02 21:26:52 | (0) Comments

This week, over one million kids across Washington state are headed back to the classroom to begin another school year.  Meanwhile, state lawmakers are headed back to court where they face contempt for lack of progress in fulfilling our constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. It is a dramatic prelude to what will most definitely be a challenging budget year for policymakers.  To make the best decisions for Washington state’s kids and our collective well-being in the future, it is imperative that policymakers recognize that the success of our kids depends on support both inside and outside the classroom. 

Robert Reich at Town Hall September 27th

Robert Reich at Town Hall September 27th

Posted by Ben Secord, 2014-08-21 17:13:17 | (0) Comments

Please join us and our partners of the Reclaiming Prosperity series on Saturday, September 27th for a special event with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Legislative Testimony

Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice recently testified before Senate Ways and Means against a bill that would fund education at the expense of other budget investments. Watch it here. 

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Inside Olympia

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on TVW's "Inside Olympia" to discuss the budget, revenue options, and the impact of the McCleary decision going forward. The whole interview can be found here. 

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Budget Matters 2013

More than 300 people -- advocates, students, lawmakers, and policy experts joined us for our second annual policy conference. We heard from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, and Governor Inslee.

Click here for video clips, photos, and PowerPoint presentations from the break-out sessions.

Our new video has highlights from the day. 

Heather McGhee


Save the date for this year's conference: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.