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Revenue Forecast Shows it’s Time to Get Real: We Can’t Cut our Way to McCleary

Revenue Forecast Shows it’s Time to Get Real: We Can’t Cut our Way to McCleary

Posted by Kim Justice, 2014-11-19 15:20:00 | (0) Comments

Updated 11/24/2014 to reflect most recent McCleary cost estimates. Costs are down slightly from projected JTFEF estimates due to lower inflation and minor policy changes.

Statement on Recommendations to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Washington State

Statement on Recommendations to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Washington State

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2014-11-17 15:22:53 | (0) Comments

Statement from Executive Director, Remy Trupin, on the Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce (CERT) recommendations submitted to Governor Inslee this morning.

Addressing Hunger in Washington State

Addressing Hunger in Washington State

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2014-10-30 14:45:00 | (0) Comments

This is Part 2 of a new blog series to reignite a conversation about poverty in Washington state.

Investing in Two Generations for a Poverty-Free Future

Investing in Two Generations for a Poverty-Free Future

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2014-10-28 11:05:00 | (0) Comments

This is Part I of a new blog series to reignite a conversation about poverty in Washington state. 

New Revenue Would Be Needed to Fund Class Size Initiative

New Revenue Would Be Needed to Fund Class Size Initiative

Posted by Kim Justice, 2014-10-02 13:30:00 | (0) Comments

Initiative 1351, a citizen initiative that will appear on the November ballot in Washington state, would increase the number of teachers, librarians, nurses, and other workers employed at schools, far exceeding the current staffing benchmarks required under McCleary (the Supreme Court ruling for basic education funding adequacy). The measure would require $1.4 billion in additional spending in the next two-year budget cycle, bumping the gap between our resources and spending obligations up to about $4.4 billion. While investing in our kids’ future is a smart decision, I-1351 makes it clearer that doing so will require new revenue. 

Budget Matters 2014

We are excited to announce this year’s Budget Matters 2014 Conference Program! We look forward to seeing you at the Washington State Convention Center on December 12, 2014.  See our detailed program with confirmed speakers here.

Legislative Testimony

Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice recently testified before Senate Ways and Means against a bill that would fund education at the expense of other budget investments. Watch it here. 

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Budget Matters 2013

More than 300 people -- advocates, students, lawmakers, and policy experts joined us for our second annual policy conference. We heard from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, and Governor Inslee.

Click here for video clips, photos, and PowerPoint presentations from the break-out sessions.

Our new video has highlights from the day. 

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