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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. 

Testimony: Boeing Should Guarantee Good Jobs and Investment in Washington State in Exchange For Massive Tax Breaks

Testimony: Boeing Should Guarantee Good Jobs and Investment in Washington State in Exchange For Massive Tax Breaks

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2014-09-24 15:38:23 | (0) Comments

On Friday, September 19, 2014 the Budget & Policy Center's Senior Fiscal Analyst, Andy Nicholas, along with Thomas Cafcas, a Researcher with Good Jobs First, testified before the Citizen Commission For Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences about tax breaks for the aerospace industry in Washington state. Below is the video of the event and the written testimony Andy submitted to the Commission.

Updated Revenue Forecast Shows New Resources Needed To Fully Fund Education

Updated Revenue Forecast Shows New Resources Needed To Fully Fund Education

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2014-09-18 23:30:00 | (0) Comments

Today’s updated Washington state revenue forecast projects tax revenues to increase relative to previous forecasts by about $170 million for the remainder of the current 2013-15 state budget cycle and by about $140 million for following 2015-17 cycle. While the improved forecast is welcome news, the added resources will fall far short of the extra billions of dollars needed to maintain current investments and implement court-mandated improvements to schools in Washington state in the coming years.

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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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Save the date for this year's conference: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.