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A Statement About the Senate Budget

A Statement About the Senate Budget

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-03-31 20:35:00 | (0) Comments

While the Senate’s budget proposal released today invests heavily in education for our children, it relies on unsustainable and unworkable funding sources to pay for it. Instead of raising new revenue, like the Governor and House propose, the Senate lowers the bar on important investments in our workforce, early learning, and safety net programs. It balances the budget on unspecified savings and transfers from other funds. Further, Senate leaders propose to waste $114 million in state funds on new or re-enacted tax breaks rather than invest those scarce resources into services and programs that benefit all Washingtonians.

The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances to Senate

The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances to Senate

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2015-03-31 19:35:00 | (0) Comments

Yesterday, the Senate held a hearing on three important bills that would provide greater economic security for workers, children, and families throughout Washington state – HB 1355 would raise the minimum wage to $12, HB 1356 would provide paid sick and safe leave to all employees, and HB 1646 would support pay equity for women.

In Support of the House's Revenue Proposals

In Support of the House's Revenue Proposals

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-03-31 19:20:00 | (0) Comments

Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas testified this morning in support of the House Revenue Package, HB 2224. Here's why the Budget & Policy Center supports this common-sense bill:

Creating an Equitable Future for Black Washingtonians

Creating an Equitable Future for Black Washingtonians

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-03-30 23:45:00 | (0) Comments

Racism and inequality are looming problems in Washington State. They cast a shadow over the lives of many Black people, leading to a lack of economic security, poor health, and high levels of stress. A new study commissioned by an independent coalition seeks to encourage citizens and leaders to address these issues, engage in conversations focused on solutions, and develop policies and laws to help Blacks gain equal footing with other races and ethnicities. 

Promoting Racial Equity for Kids and Families

Promoting Racial Equity for Kids and Families

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-03-30 21:40:00 | (0) Comments

To build a great future for kids and families, we need public policies that provide all children with the opportunities they need to succeed. Our public policies – the laws, budgets, rules, and other decisions of elected representatives and engaged Washingtonians can either advance those opportunities or place obstacles in front of kids. 

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

Sign up for our next Budget Beat webinar on Friday, April 3, at noon. Our research and policy team will give a legislative update.

In our February 27 Budget Beat 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.