Budget Matters Conference

About Budget Matters

In 2012, we proudly held the first-ever budget and policy conference in Washington state. Since then, our successful Budget Matters Policy Conference has annually attracted more than 300 advocates, policy experts, legislators, and more from around the state -- gathered to shape the debate on policy priorities and how to create shared prosperity. 

In 2015, in response to partner feedback, we started something new. During supplemental budget years, we are hosting a half-day Budget Matters Summit focused on big-picture policies. (In 2015, that big-picture policy focus was the need to advance racial equity in policymaking.) In years when the biennial budget will be released in the upcoming legislative session, we will still offer the full-day Budget Matters Policy Conference. We think this format will allow us to keep the content fresh in supplemental budget years. 

Some of the influential presenters at previous Budget Matters conferences include Gov. Jay Inslee, Heather McGhee from Demos, and Van Jones from Rebuild the Dream. If you missed out or want to relive some of the highlights from those events, select the links below:  



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Join our team!

We currently have two job opportunities available to join the Budget & Policy Center’s awesome team: a policy analyst position and the Betty Jane Narver fellowship. We are also looking to bring on new members of our board of directors.

Check out Budget Beat

Learn about the pros and cons of the final supplemental state budget on our recent Budget Beat webinar, "Legislative Session 2018 Wrap-up," featuring our policy experts Kelli Smith, Andy Nicholas, and Julie Watts.

Our policy priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

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We're in Olympia throughout the 2018 legislative session to testify in support of bills that advance our legislative priorities. Watch our testimonies on TVW:

Our Seattle Policy Summit

You can watch our Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit, which took place on December 6, online. The first part of the day (watch herefeatured Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Race Forward President Glenn Harris. The second part of the day (watch here) featured Budget & Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown of the Seattle Foundation.