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We Need a Two-Generation Approach to End Child Poverty

We Need a Two-Generation Approach to End Child Poverty

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2015-11-25 20:05:00 | (0) Comments
By Lori Pfingst, research and policy director, & Elena Hernandez, policy analyst

No matter what indicator of child well-being you choose to focus on, it is almost without fail that children from low-income backgrounds are doing worse on it. When children do not have their basic needs met – even for a short period of time – it affects their brain development, the strength of their relationships, their ability to learn and perform in school, and their physical and mental health. So it goes without saying that the economic security of parents is inextricably tied to the well-being of their children. Indeed, family economic security is a precondition for a child to thrive. And Washington policymakers can help create the conditions for families to do better if they consider the needs of the whole family.

November Revenue Forecast: Big Threats Loom to State Economy

November Revenue Forecast: Big Threats Loom to State Economy

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-11-20 14:35:00 | (0) Comments
By Lori Pfingst, Research and Policy Director

If our state doesn’t generate additional new sources of revenue, it will not be able to maintain existing investments in schools, public health, and other essential programs over the long term. This is according to the November revenue forecast. What’s more, the four-year budget outlook shows that our state will be facing a nearly $500 million budget shortfall by 2019. 

Here's Why You Don't Want to Miss Our Budget Matters Summit

Here's Why You Don't Want to Miss Our Budget Matters Summit

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-11-17 14:30:00 | (0) Comments

Have you been trying to decide whether to attend our Budget Matters 2015 Policy Summit? Well, let us tell you all the reasons you should!

Q&A with Executive Director Misha Werschkul

Q&A with Executive Director Misha Werschkul

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-10-14 20:55:55 | (0) Comments

The Budget & Policy Center welcomed economic justice advocate Misha Werschkul as its new leader in September. Misha, a long-time collaborator with our organization, has made a career out of building coalitions in support of progressive statewide campaigns in Washington. We talked with her about what she brings to the Center, what's in store under her leadership, and much more.  

New Infographic: Why I-1366 Is Bad For Washington State

New Infographic: Why I-1366 Is Bad For Washington State

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2015-10-09 18:25:00 | (0) Comments

Our new infographic on Initiative 1366 provides a snapshot of how Tim Eyman’s ballot initiative would hurt Washingtonians. I-1366 is the serial initiative promoter’s most recent attempt to strong-arm our elected officials into handing even more political power over to corporate lobbyists and political extremists in Washington state.


Summit Ticket Deadline Is 12/4

Sign up for our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit featuring Patrisse Cullors of #BlackLivesMatter. And don't forget the deadline to buy tickets is DECEMBER 4!

We're Hiring!

Public Will Campaign DirectorThe Public Will Campaign is a multi-year campaign convened by the Progress Alliance, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, FUSE Washington, Sound Alliance, OneAmerica and others with the following goal: Change the cultural “common sense” about revenue policies, the role of government, and the economy, in order to achieve the robust public investments needed for a healthy, just, and prosperous state. 

State Policy Fellow: We're pleased to be a host site for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Fellowship Program. Fellows work for two years in a state policy organization focusing on a wide range of issues that impact kids and families with low incomes and communities of color, including: health care, taxes, and education. One fellow could complete their fellowship with our organization.

Our Legislative Agenda

The Budget & Policy Center's 2015-17 Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable and sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that will promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong, inclusive middle class; produce high-quality, living wage jobs, and ensure equal opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Take a closer look here.

Testimonies in Olympia

Andy testimonyWe testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2015 legislative session. Take a look:

Budget Beat

Check out our most recent Budget Beat webinar: "2015 Session & Budget Hits & Misses." View our previous Budget Beats here