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Local Levies Can't Fund Statewide Education

Local Levies Can't Fund Statewide Education

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-04-17 00:20:00 | (0) Comments

By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst, and Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst

It's Tax Day! Let's Talk About Washington State's Tax System

It's Tax Day! Let's Talk About Washington State's Tax System

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-04-15 14:25:00 | (0) Comments

Amid all the buzz today about federal taxes, we’d like to draw your attention to something closer to home: Washington state’s (broken) tax system. As you know, we’ve written about it extensively for years. 

Progress in Focus: The Case for New Revenue Sources

Progress in Focus: The Case for New Revenue Sources

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2015-04-13 18:15:00 | (0) Comments

This is Part 1 in our "Progress in Focus" series of blog posts highlighting the individual sections of the Progress Index. This post is focused on the revenue section.

Ten Ways Senate Budget Holds Back Progress

Ten Ways Senate Budget Holds Back Progress

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-04-08 22:25:00 | (0) Comments
By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst
 

By neglecting to raise new revenue, the Senate budget merely puts a Band-Aid on the biggest challenges facing our state. Ultimately, it doesn’t address a pressing issue: that we are failing to raise enough resources over time to keep up with the needs of a growing state.

Senate Budget Falls Short

Senate Budget Falls Short

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-04-01 22:55:00 | (0) Comments
Updated 4/14/2015

The budget proposal released by the Senate yesterday invests $1 billion less than the House proposal. It shortchanges critical investments in our state's children, workers, and families.  

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've testified in support of a number of important bills this session. Take a look:

Budget Beat

In our April 3 Budget Beat webinar, our research and policy team gave a legislative update.

In our February 27 webinar, State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas talked about the tax break transparency bill. 

Budget Matters Conference

Thank you to all those people who made our 3rd Annual Budget Matters Conference a success! Take a look at this video highlighting Budget Matters 2014. 

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