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.

Friday, 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. Listen here.  

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

Friday, 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. Listen here.  

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

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

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

Friday, 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. Listen here

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

Friday, 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. Listen 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)

Budget Beat Archive

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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Our Legislative Agenda

During the 2016 legislative session, the Budget & Policy Center continues to promote 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 about the I-1366 court decision. It features Senator David Frockt (D-46) and Pacifica Law Group Partner Kymberly Evanson. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We are testifying 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 will 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 testimony  (at the 9:25 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.