Budget Matters 2012

Thank you to the 300+ people who joined us on December 13th for our first annual policy conference at the Washington State Convention Center.

We brought together legislators, advocates, and policy experts for a great day of interesting and dynamic conversations, targeted solutions, and thought-provoking discussions. We were honored to have Van Jones as our lunch speaker.

Van podium


Here are some of the PowerPoint presentations from the break-out panels.


plenary     Jones and crowd

Trupin and Jones    healthcare panel

 More pictures to come!

Thank You To Our Event Sponsors!

Premium Sponsor



GMBB             WSHA logo

CHPN        SEIU logo 

FP WSNA   Sprague Israel Giles Inc.

Finney, Neill & Co. P.S.

For general information on the conference, contact Ben Secord at bens (at) budgetandpolicy (dot) org or 206-262-0973 x 224.

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Watch the Poverty Forum Video

If you missed the half-day Poverty Forum that we co-hosted with Partners for Our Children in May 2016, you can watch it on YouTube now. It features a range of speakers and panelists talking about policy solutions for addressing income inequality and poverty in our state.

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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