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The Budget & Policy Center Celebrates 10 Years of Promoting Shared Prosperity

The Budget & Policy Center Celebrates 10 Years of Promoting Shared Prosperity

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-05-23 16:06:23 | (0) Comments

In 2005, a visionary group of public policy experts, community leaders, and social justice advocates joined forces to create an organization that would ensure that Washington state invests in the priorities that create a more just and prosperous state. Priorities like schools and health care, economic security and jobs.

Much Work Remains to Be Done to Fund Schools

Much Work Remains to Be Done to Fund Schools

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2016-05-19 23:41:16 | (0) Comments

The legislature’s annual report on its progress toward meeting the state Supreme Court-mandated McCleary school-funding requirements shows that lawmakers have a lot more work to do.

NEW REPORT: Policymakers must reverse the damage of parental incarceration on kids

NEW REPORT: Policymakers must reverse the damage of parental incarceration on kids

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2016-04-25 19:05:00 | (0) Comments

One out of every 14 children in Washington state has at least one parent who is or has been incarcerated. These 109,000 kids’ counterparts nationwide total 5.1 million. The number of children affected by incarceration in Washington is 6.5 times greater than the number of inmates in the state’s 12 correctional centers. The needs of these children, as they face increased risks and significant obstacles in life, are usually overlooked.

Spread the Word: Tax Dollars Make a Difference

Spread the Word: Tax Dollars Make a Difference

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-04-18 13:00:00 | (0) Comments

Your tax dollars help to make the lives of Washingtonians better. From college scholarships to affordable health coverage, public safety to parks, state investments from tax dollars serve the common good. These investments are essential to creating the kind of state in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. 

Lawmakers Can Prevent Thousands of Washingtonians from Losing Food Assistance

Lawmakers Can Prevent Thousands of Washingtonians from Losing Food Assistance

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2016-04-04 23:00:00 | (0) Comments
*Corrected version, April 5, 2016
 

Many Washingtonians who struggled during the recession are now on more stable footing thanks to the economic recovery, but there are still many people in our state who are facing barriers to employment and unable to make ends meet. And as of this month, thousands of those Washingtonians, including many veterans and homeless people, are losing their access to the Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP), a critical tool to help them put food on the table.

HIGHLIGHTS

We're Hiring!

We are looking for an experienced Deputy Director to manage the internal operations of our team of policy analysts and communications and outreach experts. Our ideal candidate will have research and analysis experience as well as a commitment to team-building and staff development. Priority review will be given to candidates who apply by May 30. Find out more.

You're Invited

Join us and Partners for Our Children for "Forum on Poverty: The Impact on Children and Families" on May 26, 12-4 pm, in Burien. Our policy analyst Elena Hernandez will be a speaker at this forum that will discuss how we can advance policies that prevent intergenerational poverty. THIS EVENT IS FULL, but you can email Partners for Our Children to get on the waitlist. 

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Associate Director of Fiscal Policy Andy Nicholas's testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst's House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

Budget Matters Summit

Thank you to all who attended our our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit. If you missed it (or would like to relive it), you can watch a highlight video of the summit or watch the full summit panel -- which featured a range of community leaders talking about how to advance racial equity in state policymaking.