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NEW REPORT: Policymakers must reverse the damage of parental incarceration on kids

NEW REPORT: Policymakers must reverse the damage of parental incarceration on kids

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2016-04-25 19:05:00 | (0) Comments

One out of every 14 children in Washington state has at least one parent who is or has been incarcerated. These 109,000 kids’ counterparts nationwide total 5.1 million. The number of children affected by incarceration in Washington is 6.5 times greater than the number of inmates in the state’s 12 correctional centers. The needs of these children, as they face increased risks and significant obstacles in life, are usually overlooked.

Spread the Word: Tax Dollars Make a Difference

Spread the Word: Tax Dollars Make a Difference

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-04-18 13:00:00 | (0) Comments

Your tax dollars help to make the lives of Washingtonians better. From college scholarships to affordable health coverage, public safety to parks, state investments from tax dollars serve the common good. These investments are essential to creating the kind of state in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. 

Lawmakers Can Prevent Thousands of Washingtonians from Losing Food Assistance

Lawmakers Can Prevent Thousands of Washingtonians from Losing Food Assistance

Posted by Elena Hernandez, 2016-04-04 23:00:00 | (0) Comments
*Corrected version, April 5, 2016
 

Many Washingtonians who struggled during the recession are now on more stable footing thanks to the economic recovery, but there are still many people in our state who are facing barriers to employment and unable to make ends meet. And as of this month, thousands of those Washingtonians, including many veterans and homeless people, are losing their access to the Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP), a critical tool to help them put food on the table.

Final Budget Responds to Pressing Needs, But Lacks Bold Vision

Final Budget Responds to Pressing Needs, But Lacks Bold Vision

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2016-03-30 21:20:00 | (0) Comments
By Lori Pfingst, Research and Policy Director, and Elena Hernandez, Policy Analyst
 

While the final 2016 supplemental operating budget makes some important progress on addressing Washington state’s most emergent needs – like the teacher shortage, the homelessness crisis, and wildfires – the deal is nevertheless shortsighted. Until lawmakers craft a budget that invests in all of the resources people and communities across the state need to thrive, we will fail to move the needle on improving our economy and on the issues that matter most to Washingtonians.

Senate Budget Includes Massive Tax Giveaway to Giant Media Corporations

Senate Budget Includes Massive Tax Giveaway to Giant Media Corporations

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2016-03-16 17:25:00 | (0) Comments
corrected version*

Those who believe that the $57 million in new tax resources included in the Washington State Senate's latest budget proposal represents a significant compromise in the ongoing budget negotiations are in for a big disappointment.

HIGHLIGHTS

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GiveBIG is May 3

Seattle's annual giving event is right around the corner. And for the first time this year, a group of our board members is giving a $4,000 challenge grant to inspire even more people to make a gift to the Budget & Policy Center! You can schedule your gift for #GiveBIG now. A gift to us is an investment in the progress and prosperity of Washington state.

Our Legislative Agenda

During the 2016 legislative session, the Budget & Policy Center promoted several of the common-sense policy ideas we developed for the 2015-2017 bienniumOur Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Budget Beat 

Listen to our Budget Beat offering highlights of the 2016 legislative session! 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Associate Director of Fiscal Policy Andy Nicholas's testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst's House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

Budget Matters Summit

Thank you to all who attended our our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit. If you missed it (or would like to relive it), you can watch a highlight video of the summit or watch the full summit panel -- which featured a range of community leaders talking about how to advance racial equity in state policymaking.