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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HIGHLIGHTS

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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