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New Data Shows Social Programs Lifted 241,000 Kids Out of Poverty in Washington

New Data Shows Social Programs Lifted 241,000 Kids Out of Poverty in Washington

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2015-02-25 19:25:00 | (0) Comments
By Lori Pfingst and Elena Hernandez

The well-being of our children is the most significant predictor of our long-term economic and social success. So when so many of our kids are experiencing economic hardship, it doesn’t bode well for Washington state. But the good news is that we already have tools to help provide children with the opportunities they need to thrive.

Bill to Improve State Tax Break Transparency Receives Public Hearing

Bill to Improve State Tax Break Transparency Receives Public Hearing

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2015-02-20 21:40:00 | (0) Comments

This morning, members of the Washington State House Finance Committee heard public testimony on a measure that would give the public access to much-needed information about state tax breaks and the businesses and corporations that benefit from them. If approved, House Bill 2134 would allow policymakers and the public to have more-informed discussions about our state budget and how we can best use our scarce state tax revenues.

Revenue Is Projected to Increase, But Not by Enough

Revenue Is Projected to Increase, But Not by Enough

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-02-20 21:10:00 | (0) Comments

Washington state revenues are continuing their recovery from the depths of the Great Recession, growing by $274 million ($134 million in the 2013-15 biennium and $140 million in the 2015-17 biennium) from the previous forecast, according to new data from the State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Even still, the increase in revenue falls woefully short of what is needed to meet the state’s funding obligations in the next two years.

What Would Raising the Minimum Wage Do? Find Out in Our New FAQ

What Would Raising the Minimum Wage Do? Find Out in Our New FAQ

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2015-02-15 04:40:00 | (0) Comments

Lawmakers have introduced legislation (HB 1355 and SB 5285) to gradually raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next four years. There is considerable debate about what the impact of raising the minimum wage in Washington state will be. Have questions about what to expect from a $12 minimum wage? We've got answers in this new FAQ.

Legislature Pays for Increased Costs Related to Fires, Lawsuits in Supplemental Budget

Legislature Pays for Increased Costs Related to Fires, Lawsuits in Supplemental Budget

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-02-12 21:30:00 | (0) Comments

The Washington state House and Senate have approved $143 million in additional state funding for the 2013-15 budget cycle. The investments address the increased need for firefighting and foster care services as well as the court-mandated need to fund compensation for in-home care workers and treatment services for people with mental illness.

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27: Join us for a Budget Beat call with guest speaker State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle. The topic is the tax break transparency bill. Register now. 

In our February 6 Budget Beat webinar, State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and Research and Policy Analyst Lori Pfingst discussed the proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $12. 

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.