About Us

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center is a policy organization that works to create a just and prosperous Washington state through sound research.

The seed for our organization was planted in 2005 when a group of policy experts and business people all came to the same conclusion: The state would never solve its persistent problems unless fiscal policies were more just and adequate. They envisioned the Center as a place that would come up with fresh, practical alternatives to public policies that fail everyday Washingtonians. The Center began its work in 2006. 

Since that time, our respected policy analysts have been shaping our state’s budget discussions. We help shape the debates over fiscal policies, legislation, and ballot measures by providing analysis of their impacts on kids, families, workers, and communities. We pay particular attention to how Washington’s spending and revenue practices impact families with low and moderate incomes, as well as how they advance racial equity.

We’ve offered policy ideas like the Working Families Tax Rebate and the capital gains tax as solutions to our state's broken revenue system. And we've offered recommendations for how to protect essential programs, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, that keep people from falling behind. We also work with a broad base of advocacy groups, policymakers and local coalitions on a number of areas.

 

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We're Hiring!

We are looking for an experienced Deputy Director to manage the internal operations of our team of policy analysts and communications and outreach experts. Our ideal candidate will have research and analysis experience as well as a commitment to team-building and staff development. Priority review will be given to candidates who apply by May 30. Find out more.

You're Invited

Join us and Partners for Our Children for "Forum on Poverty: The Impact on Children and Families" on May 26, 12-4 pm, in Burien. Our policy analyst Elena Hernandez will be a speaker at this forum that will discuss how we can advance policies that prevent intergenerational poverty. THIS EVENT IS FULL, but you can email Partners for Our Children to get on the waitlist. 

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:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would 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 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 

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.