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Policymakers Have Opportunities to Advance Family Well-Being this Session

Policymakers Have Opportunities to Advance Family Well-Being this Session

Posted by Julie Watts, 2017-02-15 12:10:00 | (0) Comments

Intergenerational approaches to addressing poverty are grounded in the principle that children thrive when their parents have the ability to meet their basic needs and secure their economic future. This legislative session, policymakers have several opportunities to pass legislation that would help ensure that Washington families across generations can reach their full potential and thrive.

Intergenerational Poverty Bill Would Help Lift Children and their Parents Out of Poverty

Intergenerational Poverty Bill Would Help Lift Children and their Parents Out of Poverty

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2017-02-01 09:50:00 | (0) Comments
By Julie Watts, deputy director

Children can reach their full potential when their whole family has economic security. That is the fundamental principle underlying intergenerational approaches to addressing child poverty.


This session, state policymakers have an opportunity to lift significant numbers of Washingtonians out of poverty by passing a bill that focuses on improving the well-being of children and their families. House Bill 1482/Senate Bill 5440 would create an intergenerational, results-focused, evidence-based effort to improve the well-being of future generations.

Senate Republicans' Plan Doesn't Amply Fund Schools, Puts Other Programs at Risk

Senate Republicans' Plan Doesn't Amply Fund Schools, Puts Other Programs at Risk

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-01-31 12:40:00 | (0) Comments

The Senate Republicans' new plan to fund K-12 public schools continues to work within a framework that doesn’t raise additional revenue – a strategy that has proven ineffective at serving Washington's kids and that could force cuts to other important investments. To pay for the basics, including keeping excellent teachers and staff in our public schools, the legislature must inject more resources into schools than they have in recent years. Any plan to improve our schools must include additional new revenue, as well as a strong focus on equity, sustainability, and adequacy.

Creating a Safeguard Rebate Is Key to Equitable Property Tax Reform

Creating a Safeguard Rebate Is Key to Equitable Property Tax Reform

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-01-27 12:40:31 | (0) Comments
By Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy, and Kelli Smith, policy analyst

This is the fourth in a series of schmudget blog posts about property taxes in Washington state and the role they play in funding basic K-12 education.


Any reform to the Washington state property tax code to help pay for schools must also take steps to make the tax code more equitable. In conjunction with other reforms that the Budget & Policy Center is proposing to the property tax, legislators should consider creating a new property tax rebate – called a safeguard rebate – to reduce property tax payments for homeowners and renters with middle and lower incomes. This new rebate would ensure that our proposed changes to the property tax code do not disproportionately impact these residents.

It’s Time to Strengthen Our Property Tax Code to Invest in Schools

It’s Time to Strengthen Our Property Tax Code to Invest in Schools

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-01-27 12:40:00 | (0) Comments
By Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy, and Kelli Smith, policy analyst

This is the third in a series of schmudget blog posts about property taxes in Washington state and the role they play in funding basic K-12 education.


To invest in the high-quality K-12 education Washington’s kids deserve, lawmakers should clean up the state’s primary source of school funding – the property tax code. There's a way to clean up the tax code while also creating a more sustainable, equitable source of funding for our kids’ schools. Here’s how:

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Watch Our Budget Beat Webinars

We host regular Budget Beat webinars throughout legislative session to bring you updates and breaking news from Olympia and timely policy analysis. Visit our YouTube channel to watch our previous Budget Beats. 

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team is in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our recent testimonies on TVW:

View Our School Funding Plenary 

Roxana_BMC_plenary_2016View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond." Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW, the plenary features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after an intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.