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Senate Budget Still Scraping By, Not Considering Long View

Senate Budget Still Scraping By, Not Considering Long View

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-05-28 21:25:32 | (0) Comments

The Senate’s latest budget plan cashes in on the most recent uptick in forecasted revenues, investing $242 million more to give workers a raise, maintain parks, and reverse proposed cuts to mental health services and health care for retirees. While these incremental steps move us closer toward becoming the kind of thriving state we want to live in, the Senate’s continued refusal to raise new revenue still misses the long view. It jeopardizes our ability to sustain these investments over time. 

Revenue Boost Doesn’t Paper Over Senate Budget Gimmicks

Revenue Boost Doesn’t Paper Over Senate Budget Gimmicks

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2015-05-18 23:55:00 | (0) Comments
By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst, and Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst
 

The $327 million bump in state tax collections forecasted by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) this afternoon is not a win for lawmakers opposed to implementing the common-sense capital gains tax on the Washington state's richest households. New funding for schools must reach roughly $4.5 billion by 2019 in order to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s mandate. Relying on short-term solutions – including temporary revenue growth and one-time budget gimmicks – to fund this long-term requirement is a recipe for disaster. Yet that’s what the anti-tax members of the State Senate propose to do.

Progress in Focus: Moving Toward a Healthier Environment

Progress in Focus: Moving Toward a Healthier Environment

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2015-05-18 20:50:00 | (0) Comments

This is Part 4 in our "Progress in Focus" series of blog posts highlighting the individual sections of The Progress Index. This post is focused on the environmental part of the Healthy People and Environment section

A Q&A with Our 2014-15 Narver Fellow

A Q&A with Our 2014-15 Narver Fellow

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2015-05-15 16:40:00 | (0) Comments

Eritrea Habtemarium just completed her (highly successful) Narver fellowship with the Budget & Policy Center. She will receive her M.A. in policy studies this June from University of Washington Bothell – with a capstone project focused on immigrant perceptions of crime and policing in Seattle. We checked in with her to hear more about her time with us and what her hopes are for the future. 

College Unaffordability Is Hurting the “Public” in Public Universities

College Unaffordability Is Hurting the “Public” in Public Universities

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-05-13 23:05:00 | (0) Comments
By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst, and Elena Hernandez, Policy Analyst
 

Cuts to funding for public colleges and universities since the recession have led to huge jumps in tuition nationwide. Washington state, unfortunately, ranks third in the nation for the largest average tuition increase, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Average tuition has ballooned by nearly 60 percent – or about $4,000 since 2008, adjusted for inflation.    

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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.

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