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Senate budget proposal makes key necessary investments, but paying for tax cuts with rainy day funds would undercut state’s long-term fiscal health

Senate budget proposal makes key necessary investments, but paying for tax cuts with rainy day funds would undercut state’s long-term fiscal health

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2018-02-19 18:54:31 | (0) Comments

Statement from Executive Director Misha Werschkul on Senate’s budget proposal

Our testimony on House Bill 2967 and the need to close the capital gains tax break

Our testimony on House Bill 2967 and the need to close the capital gains tax break

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2018-02-16 14:54:53 | (0) Comments

Executive Director Misha Werschkul testified on February 16 at the House Committee on Finance in support of closing the tax break on capital gains in our state. Below is the testimony she prepared.

State’s strong bump in projected revenue will allow lawmakers to devote more funding to schools

State’s strong bump in projected revenue will allow lawmakers to devote more funding to schools

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2018-02-15 18:35:06 | (0) Comments

The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council’s latest revenue forecast shows that lawmakers are within striking distance of meeting the minimum school funding requirements established by the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. But even with positive projections, building the high-quality schools our kids and grandkids deserve without cutting other important investments will require lawmakers to go beyond the bare minimum. To fund schools – and ensure a brighter future for all Washingtonians – lawmakers still need to focus on fixing the state’s upside-down tax code. 

President Trump’s budget won’t strengthen the economy. It will harm Washington state

President Trump’s budget won’t strengthen the economy. It will harm Washington state

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2018-02-12 19:20:00 | (0) Comments
By Misha Werschkul, executive director

President Trump’s 2019 budget does nothing to bolster the economic security of people with middle and low incomes – which is critical to create a thriving economy. Instead, his budget actually threatens the economic security of millions of Washingtonians who rely on federal programs to be able to pay for food on the table, a roof over their head, health care, and other basic needs. Further, it will have profound ripple effects on Washington's local economies. 

While this budget is largely symbolic, since the U.S. Congress just approved a two-year budget deal, these extreme proposals should not be ignored. They are an important signal of the president’s priorities. Many of the specific proposals included in the budget have been introduced before and could be incorporated in future budget proposals or stand-alone legislation this year.  

Lawmakers must reinvest in WorkFirst to restore the promise of basic support to families facing poverty

Lawmakers must reinvest in WorkFirst to restore the promise of basic support to families facing poverty

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2018-01-30 16:15:00 | (0) Comments
By Julie Watts, deputy director
 
We all want to live in a state where, when people fall on hard times, they don’t go without the basics – food, shelter, and necessities of daily life that allow them to look for jobs and get back on their feet. WorkFirst, Washington state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, is the main way our state protects children and families from the trauma and debilitating effects of poverty.
 
WorkFirst not only provides basic assistance to families in crisis, but it also is supposed to ensure they can move out of poverty through job training, child care, mental health, and support services.(1)

However the program is headed in the wrong direction. As a result of harmful policy changes and budget cuts over the last decade, the program is serving a smaller portion of families in poverty than it was a decade ago. Lawmakers must make investments in WorkFirst to reach more families living in poverty and provide families with more help.

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Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

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We're in Olympia throughout the 2018 legislative session to testify in support of bills that advance our legislative priorities. Watch our testimonies on TVW:

Our Seattle Policy Summit

You can watch our Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit, which took place on December 6, online. The first part of the day (watch herefeatured Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Race Forward President Glenn Harris. The second part of the day (watch here) featured Budget & Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown of the Seattle Foundation.