Budget Beat

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, 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
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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 blog:

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.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Our analyst roundtable discusses the good, the bad and the ugly of this year's state budget.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Jordan Schrader joins to discuss the current state of budget negotiations between the House and Senate as week one of the special legislative session comes to an end.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lori Pfingst joins to discuss important work supports and assistance for Washington families and investments in early learning and how they fare in initial budget proposals from the House and Senate.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Analysts Kim Justice and Andy Nicholas discuss the major differences in the budget proposals put forward by Gov. Inslee and the Senate.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Rep. Ross Hunter joins to discuss the recent revenue forecast and its impact on the budget this session.

Friday, March 8, 2013

We're joined by Nick Federici of the Our Economic Future coalition to unpack the significance of the court's recent ruling overturning the supermajority law. Also on the call, analyst Mike Mitchell talks tax breaks.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rep. Chris Reykdal joins to discuss legislation he is sponsoring that would fund the Working Families Tax Rebate by closing a tax break that only benefits out of state residents. That, plus important legislative deadlines, the impact of sequestration in Washington, and the Senate majority coalition's efforts to undermine the economic security of working families.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Senior Fiscal Analyst Lori Pfingst explains the importance of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in providing economic security and stability for thousands of families.

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New policy brief and webinar - A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond

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Lawmakers should strengthen programs that support work
Strong public policies are essential in a weak economy

Friday, January 25, 2013

Policy analyst Kim Justice breaks down the final budget proposal from former Governor Gregoire as legislators begin work in the 2013 session.

Other Resources:

Joint Task Force on Education Funding Final Report

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Governor's Budget: A reality based proposal 
What an all cuts budget really looks like
Gov. Gregoire's school funding plan is a good start

Budget Beat Podcasts

Tax Breaks

Andy Nicholas talks tax breaks and explains how proposed legislation would bring more transparency and accountability to our tax code.

Unpacking McCleary: Budget Impact and the Opportunity Gap

Analyst Kim Justice breaks down the budgetary impact of the McCleary decision and explains why we must go beyond the parameters of the court's ruling to address the opportunity gap.

Revenue Shortfall

Policy analyst Michael Mitchell explains the major components of the revenue shortfall facing legislators this session.

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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.

Testimonies in Olympia

Andy testimonyWe've testified in support of a number of important bills this session. Take a look:

Budget Beat

Sign up for our next Budget Beat webinar on Friday, April 3, at noon. Our research and policy team will give a legislative update.

In our February 27 Budget Beat webinar, State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas talked about the tax break transparency bill. 

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.