Budget Beat Webinars

During the 2015 legislative session we will once again host regular Budget Beat calls to bring you updates and breaking news from Olympia and timely policy analysis. If you are unable to participate in the call, you can listen to the call (and see the slideshow) here.

April 13, 2016

Our policy experts highlighted the hits and misses of this year’s legislative session and talked about what’s ahead in 2016. Watch here.

January 29, 2016

This Budget Beat discussion focused on Tim Eyman's Initiative 1366 and featured Senator David Frockt, D-Seattle, and Pacifica Law Group Partner Kymberly Evanson. Watch here.

Related content from our schmudget blog:
Why I-1366 is Bad for Washington

January 8, 2016 

The Budget & Policy Center's policy experts gave a preview of the 2016 legislative session. Watch here.

Related content from our schmudget blog:

This Session, Let’s Make Shared Prosperity the Top Priority

Budget Beat Archive


July 10, 2015

The Budget & Policy Center's research and policy team provided their insight about the hits and misses of this year's state budget and legislative session. Watch here.  

Related content from our schmudget blog:
Final Budget: Hits and Misses

April 3, 2015

The Budget & Policy Center's research and policy team offered a legislative update from this session as well as an overview of the House and Senate budget proposals. Watch here.  

Related content from our schmudget blog:
Senate Budget Falls Short
House Budget Proposal Prioritizes Funding for Education

February 27, 2015

State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas talked about the tax break transparency bill. Watch here.  

Related content from our schmudget blog:
In Support of the House's Revenue Proposals
Bill to Improve State Tax Break Transparency Receives Hearing

February 6, 2015

State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and Research and Policy Analyst Lori Pfingst discuss the proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $12. Watch here

Related content from our schmudget blog:
Three Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage in Our State
2014 Legislative Testimony on Minimum Wage Increase

January 23, 2015

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and Budget & Policy Center Senior Fiscal Analyst discuss Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed capital gains tax. Watch here.

Related content from our schmudget blog:
Zombies? What Zombies? A Response to an Op-Ed That Itself Seems Lifeless
Updated! FAQs About Taxing Capital Gains In Washington State A Capital Reform: Using Capital Gains to Fuel Job Creation and Economic Prosperity in Washington State (policy brief)


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Budget & Policy Center staff join to discuss the 2014 legislative session and what lies ahead for lawmakers next year in Olympia.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rep. Jessyn Farrell and our research director Lori Pfingst join to discuss a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2017.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tacoma News Tribune reporter Jordan Schrader joins to discuss issues to watch in the 2014 legislative session.

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Watch the Budget Matters Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary panel, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond," on TVW. Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our own Andy Nicholas, the panel 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 a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium 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. 

Testimonies in Olympia

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

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our 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 

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