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Report: To Create Jobs, Invest in the Success of 'Home-Grown' Businesses

Report: To Create Jobs, Invest in the Success of 'Home-Grown' Businesses

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-02-05 00:24:08 | (0) Comments
The following is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' press release:

New evidence finds that supporting "home-grown" startups and young, fast-growing in-state companies is likely to be a more effective strategy for states to create jobs and build a strong economy than attempts to lure businesses from elsewhere.  

With I-1366 Ruled Unconstitutional, It’s Time for Lawmakers to Focus on Improving Schools

With I-1366 Ruled Unconstitutional, It’s Time for Lawmakers to Focus on Improving Schools

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2016-01-21 22:00:00 | (0) Comments

Now that Tim Eyman’s harmful Initiative 1366 has been struck down by the King County Superior Court for violating the state constitution, lawmakers should put this damaging distraction behind them and focus on improving schools and ensuring that all Washingtonians have opportunities to thrive. 

To Make Our State Better for All Washingtonians, Lawmakers Should Pass Racial Equity Bills

To Make Our State Better for All Washingtonians, Lawmakers Should Pass Racial Equity Bills

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2016-01-21 19:38:10 | (0) Comments

In order to live up to the promise of a brighter future for our state, we need public policies that create opportunities for all communities to succeed. However, the policies and programs that lawmakers enact often run the risk of creating barriers to success – particularly for people of color and people with low incomes. Racial equity assessment tools, like the ones proposed in House Bill 2076 and Substitute Senate Bill 5752, should be incorporated into the legislative process. These assessment tools help lawmakers better understand the real impacts of their proposed policies by highlighting how they either promote opportunity by advancing racial equity or reinforce barriers by perpetuating institutional racism.

Proposed Two-Generation Legislation is Important Step in Improving Family Economic Security

Proposed Two-Generation Legislation is Important Step in Improving Family Economic Security

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2016-01-15 14:50:00 | (0) Comments

The research is clear – when children grow up in poverty, it has long-term consequences for their future well-being, as well as that of the state. With nearly one of every three children in Washington state living in families at risk of not meeting basic needs, poverty poses a significant threat to future generations, as well as to the contributions they can make to our communities and economy. 

Raising the Statewide Minimum Wage to $13.50 Would Boost Local Economies

Raising the Statewide Minimum Wage to $13.50 Would Boost Local Economies

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-01-11 23:20:00 | (0) Comments
By Misha Werschkul, Executive Director
 

Today's filing of an initiative to increase the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 over four years is a necessary step to help workers and families in Washington state. No matter where a family lives in our state, a parent working full time at today’s minimum wage and raising two children cannot meet their family's basic needs without assistance or without cutting back on necessities like food or utilities.

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Our Legislative Agenda

During the 2016 legislative session, the Budget & Policy Center continues to promote several of the common-sense policy ideas we developed for the 2015-2017 bienniumOur Legislative Agenda 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. 

Budget Beat 

Listen to our Budget Beat about the I-1366 court decision. It features Senator David Frockt (D-46) and Pacifica Law Group Partner Kymberly Evanson. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We are testifying 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 will 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 testimony  (at the 9:25 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.