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Statement: Washington’s Representatives must reject tax bill that would devastate the middle class and our state economy

Statement: Washington’s Representatives must reject tax bill that would devastate the middle class and our state economy

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2017-12-02 11:28:17 | (0) Comments

From Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, regarding the U.S. Senate passage of the GOP tax bill:

Governor’s initiative on economic security is a big win for Washington’s families

Governor’s initiative on economic security is a big win for Washington’s families

Posted by Julie Watts, 2017-11-29 15:15:00 | (0) Comments

Governor Inslee has created a new inter-agency work group on family economic security that is a big step in the right direction to help families move themselves out of poverty in our state. The work group will be tasked with developing a 10-year strategy for poverty reduction in Washington state, based on an intergenerational approach to addressing poverty.

Updated State Revenue Projections Show Legislators Need to Do More in 2018 to Fulfill their Obligations to Communities

Updated State Revenue Projections Show Legislators Need to Do More in 2018 to Fulfill their Obligations to Communities

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-11-20 14:10:00 | (0) Comments

The new Economic and Revenue Forecast Council report shows our state has $319 million more to invest over the current biennium than lawmakers previously expected. This small change will have a negligible effect on lawmakers’ ability to pay for K-12 schools per the Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate and to balance the books in the 2018 legislative session. Revenues are still just barely at Great Recession levels when we account for economic growth (see chart below) – and that’s despite this year’s historic increases in resources. While those increases were a step in the right direction, the Supreme Court still says the legislature’s school funding plan is about $1 billion short of fully funding schools. And legislators also can’t lose sight this session of other critical areas of the budget, such as early learning and behavioral health. 

Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision Shows that Lawmakers Should Clean Up Tax Code to Invest in Schools

Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision Shows that Lawmakers Should Clean Up Tax Code to Invest in Schools

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-11-15 15:55:00 | (0) Comments
Statement by Misha Werschkul, executive director:
 
The Washington State Supreme Court has made it clear that the legislature must take more steps to fulfill its McCleary mandate to amply fund schools. Although lawmakers did smartly enact some new investments as part of their school funding plan this past session, the court has determined that the legislature must do more to set up every kid and every classroom for success by the 2018-19 school year. The way to strengthen investments in K-12 schools while supporting investments in other priorities that strengthen our communities – like behavioral health, health care, and early childhood education – is to clean up our tax code, not rely on more short-sighted, one-time fixes.

The Budget & Policy Center continues to recommend common-sense reforms that would clean up the tax code, such as: eliminating a harmful property tax limit that arbitrarily restricts resources available for schools (see our amicus brief to the Supreme Court on the topic); making the real estate excise tax more equitable; and closing the tax break on capital gains.
 

Ultimately, lawmakers must take steps to invest in our schools and our communities during the 2018 legislative session. The court has given the legislature until the end of the session to ensure that students, classrooms, and teachers have what they need on the first day of classes in 2018. The solutions are within reach if lawmakers get serious about cleaning up the tax code.

Three Reasons Why the House GOP Tax Plan is Bad for Washington State

Three Reasons Why the House GOP Tax Plan is Bad for Washington State

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2017-10-30 15:20:00 | (0) Comments

Republican leaders in Washington, D.C. have introduced a harmful plan to give large tax cuts to the wealthiest few while jeopardizing funding for health care, education, and other investments that benefit working families. Take a look at our latest fact sheet to see how the plan would negatively impact Washingtonians with low and middle incomes.

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Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

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