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NEW REPORT: Too Many Kids Are Being Left Behind in Economic Recovery

NEW REPORT: Too Many Kids Are Being Left Behind in Economic Recovery

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2015-07-17 23:05:00 | (0) Comments

Because of stagnating wages, underemployment, and high costs for basic needs like housing and child care, many of Washington state’s kids and families will continue to have a hard time making ends meet, according to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today. 

Progress in Focus: Declining Economic Security Is a Big Threat for Washingtonians

Progress in Focus: Declining Economic Security Is a Big Threat for Washingtonians

Posted by Lori Pfingst, 2015-07-17 20:15:00 | (0) Comments

With too many hardworking people struggling to get by, state lawmakers must do more to support the investments needed for Washingtonians’ long-term economic security than they did in the recent state budget.

Eyman Initiative Aims to Create Endless Gridlock

Eyman Initiative Aims to Create Endless Gridlock

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2015-07-14 18:30:00 | (0) Comments

Serial anti-tax initiative writer Tim Eyman is seeking to bring back to life a disastrous “supermajority” law – which, if passed, would make it nearly impossible to eliminate wasteful corporate tax breaks or to enact new taxes that invest in our schools and other important services.

Final Budget: Hits and Misses

Final Budget: Hits and Misses

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-06-30 23:50:00 | (0) Comments
Graphic updated July 1st
 

After three special sessions and with one day to spare before a government shutdown, lawmakers finally approved a budget today. It increases funding for schools, early learning, worker pay and benefits, mental health services, support for struggling families, and other much-needed services. While it’s certainly laudable that the investments are robust, it’s nevertheless essential to note that lawmakers are relying on inadequate long-term revenue sources to sustain them. In so doing, they are missing a timely opportunity to make our tax system more sturdy and equitable. 

Senate Revenue Plan Won’t Sustain Investments

Senate Revenue Plan Won’t Sustain Investments

Posted by Kim Justice, 2015-06-25 23:45:00 | (0) Comments
By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst, and Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst
 

The Senate released a set of new proposals today that increase investments and add new revenue, but that still fail to provide the resources needed to sustain investments in the long run.

HIGHLIGHTS

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 testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2015 legislative session. Take a look:

Budget Beat

Check out our most recent Budget Beat webinar: "2015 Session & Budget Hits & Misses." View our previous Budget Beats here

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. And save the date for December 9 for Budget Matters 2015!